Why you Need a Guide to Central Oregon History
Most visitors to the Deschutes River country are deceived by the landscape. They assume it’s too dry, too rugged, too quiet to have a past. So they lose themselves in the present, in the dramatic scenery and the multitude of ways to play in it. They have fun.
But in the end, they miss a great part of the adventure. For woven into the region’s sage-dotted plateaus and pine forests is a story of great physical and human drama. It’s a story about volcanic cataclysms and glacial ice, and about tropical forests filled with prehistoric beasts.
The pages that follow provide a compass to the past and present. You’ll find a tapestry of maps, historical photos, quotes from the region’s pioneers, diagrams and narrative. Together they offer you a chance to locate yourself in time as well as place.