Miller Family Ranch in 1904 - Bend, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 43° 57.971 W 121° 20.516
10T E 633010 N 4869453
Quick Description: Visitors to the High Desert Museum are treated to a daily historic reenactment of the Miller Family who operate a sawmill as well as maintaining their ranch in the year 1904. Coordinates are at the main entrance.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/1/2017 8:23:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMWQBQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The High Desert Museum contains a little of everything: Natural History, Science, Living History, aquariums and wildlife on display. The museum has a web page devoted to the Miller Family (link below) and it reads:

Miller Family Ranch

The history of local homesteaders becomes a vivid reality when you meet the characters on the Miller Ranch.

The year is 1904. Mrs. Miller, with the help of her son James Miller, maintains the cabin, barn, corral, bunkhouse, root cellar and sawmill and cares for the animals at the ranch while Mr. Miller tends cattle on the open range. During the summer months, you’ll see the Miller’s mustang in the willow corral, along with a donkey friend, and her fancy French chickens clucking about.

Nearby, Bend’s population is booming. Timber industry tycoon Alexander Drake is spearheading the area’s development. Stockmen, buckaroos, sheep herders, timber cruisers, miners and gamblers have descended on the boomtown. You might even meet one at the ranch.

Timber industry tycoon Alexander Drake is spearheading the area’s development. The Millers recently joined other homesteaders to buy a used sawmill from the U.S. Army. Now they can mill timber for barns, sheds, bunkhouses and other projects instead of buying cut lumber from distant mills.

Stop by and see what life was like for local homesteaders more than a hundred years ago. Mrs. Miller will get your kids to do the chores they may refuse to do at home: digging in the garden, washing the laundry, or cross-cutting firewood. And when they’re finished, they can enjoy playing some frontier games. On the weekends during the winter months, stop by and warm up by the stove while listening to tales of yesteryear.

11:00 am to 4:00 pm daily June through August 11:00 am to 3:00 pm weekends September through May (weather permitting)

Heirloom Chickens
The Millers’ Faverolles chickens are a heritage breed well-suited to cold and low-light climates. In 1904, Faverolles won numerous recommendations at the St. Louis World’s Fair and were advertised in national magazines. The breed’s distinctive feathered feet, beards and fluffy plumage ensure that they are rarely cold and continue to lay in the winter.

This museum is definitely worth the admission price of $15/per adult. Plan on spending a couple of hours here.

Dates of reenactment: From: 1/1/2017 To: 12/31/2017

What the reenactment is related to: Person

Cost to attend reenactment: $15 admission per adult

Cost for parking: Parking free

Website for further information: [Web Link]

Additional parking coordinates (if necessary): Not Listed

Cost for participants: Not listed

Special Events: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
At least one photo of the reenactment taken by you along with your thoughts and impressions on the event and any changes in location or date the original waymarker may need to know about.
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