Crooked River Country: Wranglers, Rogues and Barons

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Crooked River Country: Wranglers, Rogues, and Barons is a sweeping account of Central Oregon's thrilling history from 1825 to 1953. Bordered by spectacular natural barriers, the region's rugged topography and climate produced hardy individuals - both heroes and scoundrels.

Fur traders and explorers first met the area's Native tribes in peaceful exchanges. By the 1860s, however, arriving herders, soldiers, and prospectors sparked years of deadly Paiute raids. "Vigilante" stockmen...

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Overview

Crooked River Country: Wranglers, Rogues, and Barons is a sweeping account of Central Oregon's thrilling history from 1825 to 1953. Bordered by spectacular natural barriers, the region's rugged topography and climate produced hardy individuals - both heroes and scoundrels.

Fur traders and explorers first met the area's Native tribes in peaceful exchanges. By the 1860s, however, arriving herders, soldiers, and prospectors sparked years of deadly Paiute raids. "Vigilante" stockmen next intimidated both town and country, while maintaining footholds in regional politics. "Moonshiners" fought back, and homesteading communities grew. By the turn-of-the-century, cattlemen instigated a range war against sheep grazing, while regional political leaders and entrepreneurs dishonestly exploited timber and land, until halted by government prosecutors.

In the 1910s, new railway lines encouraged town growth and new businesses, schools, and libraries, while big Eastern lumber companies started cutting the vast pine forests. Then the Great Depression, coupled with drought, devastated commerce and rural localities. Revival came with New Deal programs, returning rainfall, and booming World War II spending.

Featured legends - from Wild West wranglers to industrial barons - include Billy Chinook, Chief Paulina, Bud Thompson, Elisha Barnes, James Blakely, Bill Brown, Newt Williamson, James J. Hill, Johnnie Hudspeth, Les Schwab, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874222937
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 957,856
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Illustrations     xi
Where Lies the Subject     1
Fur Men (1820s-1830s)     11
Pilgrims (1838-1853)     15
Expeditions (1852-1867)     21
Empty Except for Indians and Gold (1853-1864)     27
Paulina War (1859-1867)     31
Roads Enter the Wilderness (1846-1880)     40
The Monopoly (1860-1880)     49
Early Settlements (1867-1900)     51
Bannock War (1878)     62
Blood on the Snow (1882)     71
Reign of the Vigilantes (1882-1883)     79
Rising of the Moonshiners (1883-1884)     89
After the Revolution (1884-1888)     96
Cattle Barons (1862-1890s)     101
Sheepmen (1868-1898)     113
Crook County War (1898-1916)     123
Edwardian Age (1890s-1910s)     135
Prosecutions (1902-1913)     148
Bend Becomes a Town (1902-1914)     159
The East Leaves, the West Grows (1880s-1910s)     165
Homesteaders (1890s-1920s)     175
Farming Towns (1890s-1920s)     183
Land Bust (1910s-1920s)     191
Arrival of Jim Hill (1908-1911)     195
Bend'sGiant Mills (1915-1916)     203
The West Secedes (1907-1916)     209
Progressives (1916-1922)     219
Booming Bend and Its Neighbors (1920s-1930s)     227
A Small, Rural County (1920s)     237
Slow Lane of the Roaring Twenties (1920-1929)     245
Off the Beaten Paths (1910s-1930s)     253
The Great Depression (1929-1935)     259
The New Deal (1933-1942)     267
Sawmills for Prineville (1937-1941)     275
Home Front (1941-1945)     281
The Smokestack Age (1946-1952)     287
Capital of the World (1953)     295
Select Bibliography     305
Chapter Index of Personages     309
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