You Are Here!
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 02.714 W 121° 18.969
10T E 634899 N 4878275
History sign #4 of 7 in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WM7ZNV
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/29/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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There are seven history signs (installed in mid-2009) along the river describing the history of the Old Mill District. This sign is located at the east end of the Old Mill District footbridge.
Marker Name: You Are Here!
Marker Text: Today’s Old Mill District way Yesterday’s Lumber Mills.
The mills may be gone, but their legacy is apparent all around us. The lumber companies spurred Bend’s growth and they helped a lot of folks raise their families in this area. Today we see evidence of Mill B every time we look at the three iconic smokestacks towering above that have defined Bend’s skyline since the 1920s. That brick building was originally the powerhouse, where huge boilers were housed. The boilers were fed sawdust to create steam power that fueled the mill. Excess electricity produced was sold to Pacific Power & Light for use in other areas of Bend.
As you shop and walk around this beautiful area, imagine what a different scene you would have witnessed back when the mills were working around the clock. Can you see the black soot on the buildings in town from the ash of the powerhouse? Can you smell the sawdust? Can you hear the piercing whistle signaling each shift change? In fact, it was so loud inside the mill that they created an intricate sign language to communicate with one another.
Times and technology changed over the lifetime of the mills. Horses were replaced by motorized vehicles and many mill techniques were modernized, however, the processes remained the same. Huge trees were felled in the woods, hauled to town, floated downriver to the mill, processed and shipped across the country. Lumber was even reportedly exported as far away as Cuba, China and the Middle East!
The journey of the log-to-lumber that took place is a mighty story about strong men and women, visionaries who saw the potential in our woods and this town. Let us take a journey back in time to see how this old mill processed giant pine trees into the lumber that was used to build communities across the country. We’ll follow the journey of the log-to-lumber where the mill once stood, right here along the Deschutes River, or along the pond, as it was once called by the lumbermen.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: City

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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