LEGACY - The City of Bend
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 03.637 W 121° 17.007
10T E 637483 N 4880037
2006 sign which was replaced in 2016
Waymark Code: WMABB
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 04/12/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
Views: 25

Located on western edge of summit observation area.

Marker Name: The City of Bend
Marker Text: In the beginning . . . there were old growth trees.
         The small community, first called Farewell Bend from the nearby big bend in the Deschutes River, could have been called “Pilot Butte” if the 1901 recommendation of Postmaster William Staats had been approved by the U.S. Postal Service. Incorporation in 1905 made the name Bend official.
         Bend was first settled as a farming and ranching community around the end of the 19th century. Grass for summer forage and native meadows provided hay for winter feeding of livestock. Irrigation canals were dug, spreading water to surrounding crop lands.
         A.M. Drake, founder of Bend, and his Pilot Butte Development Company were logging and sawing lumber from trees in and adjacent to Drake Park in 1902. By 1918, two of the largest pine sawmills in North America were operating in Bend, in time to help supply World War I lumber demands. Bend soon grew from a village to a major Oregon city. For the next 65 years, its economy relied mainly on lumber manufacturing.
         In 1928, Pilot Butte was given to the State of Oregon as a memorial to Terrence H. Foley by three former business associates who purchased the Butte for that purpose. Mr. Foley had been a major force behind almost every community activity from 1910 to 1925. Today, it is a popular scenic viewpoint and part of the Oregon State Park System.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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