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Deschutes County, Oregon

97701, 97702

"It's Far More Than Meets the Eye"

Page Contents for Bend, Oregon

Statistics & Facts

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Oregon state capital is Salem.
The population of Bend is approximately 55,080 (2001), 76639 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 9,004 (1990), 31790 (2010).
The amount of land area in Bend is 34.789 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.4 sq kilometers.
The distance from Bend to Washington DC is 2457 miles.
The distance to the Oregon state capital is 108 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bend is positioned 44.06 degrees north of the equator and 121.31 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Many early inhabitants of the area left petroglyphs, petrographs, obsidian projectile points and a few mortar and pestle pairs. Indians of several different tribes were early residents of the area. Trappers and explorers came in the early 1800's. Pioneers came into the Deschutes County area in the mid-1850's. Bend was settled in 1874, with its first post office opening in 1886. The townsite was surveyed in 1900 with the city of Bend incorporating in 1904. By 1911, the railroad had come to Bend. In 1915-16 two large sawmills came into town, the Shevlin-Hixon and the Brooks-Scanlon. Reid School, which is now the headquarters for the Deschutes County Historical Society) was built in 1914 of native stone quarried west of the Deschutes River. Its three stories housed many of Bend's elementary pupils in a period extending to 1979. The school was named for Ruth Reid Overturf, an early Bend educator, who journeyed from New Brunswick in 1904. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Some of the many historical sights in the Bend area are the Bend Athletic Club (1918), Bend High School (1925), Sather House (1927), and the Central Oregon Bank (1916).
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The settling of Bend


The incorporation of Bend



Skiing: Mt. Bachelor is one of the top ski resorts in the nation for quality of skiing, express lifts and customer service. No crowds, just fun. Come enjoy the six day lodges, runs of up to two miles in length and a vertical drop of 3,100 feet!
Golf; Exploring: More than a dozen parks and national forests with lakes, rivers, streams and trails await you. Smith Rock State Park offers world-class rock climbing. Lava Lands Visitors Center is fascinating education about the region's geology, and The High Desert Museum immerses visitors in culture and history.
Miles of thrills and rapis, ranging from Class 1 to Class 5, await rafters and kayakers nearby on the Deschutes River.

The High Desert Museum
59800 South Highway 97
Bend, Oregon 97702
PHone: (541) 382-4754
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Bend City Government

City of Bend
63085 N. Hwy. 97
Bend Oregon 97701-5765
Phone: 1-541-382-3221 or 1-800-905-BEND (2363)

Bend Historical Events

1917 - The famous Pilot Butte Inn building was built in 1917. It replaced the old Pilot Butte Inn which had been built in stages beginning about 1900. (NW corner of Wall and Greenwood)
1914 - The Reid School was used as an elementary school from 1914 until 1979 when it became a museum. (129 NW Idaho in Bend)

Bend Chamber

Bend Chamber of Commerce
63085 N. Hwy. 97
Bend OR 97701
Phone: 541-382-3221
Fax: 541-385-9929
Toll-free: 800 905-BEND (2363)

Bend Organizations

Bend Chamber of Commerce
63085 N. Hwy. 97
Bend OR 97701
Phone: 541-382-3221
Fax: 541-385-9929
Toll-free: 800 905-BEND (2363)

Bend Schools

High Desert Middle School

Central Oregon Community College
Bend OR 97701
Phone: 541-383-7700 Bend


The population of Bend was:
1990 - 20,469
2000 - 52,029
2001 - 56,080

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