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Deschutes County, Oregon
"It's Far More Than Meets the Eye"
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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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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.
Central Oregon Community College
Bend OR 97701
Phone: 541-383-7700 Bend
Miscellany The population of Bend was:
1990 - 20,469
2000 - 52,029
2001 - 56,080