Crooked River Country: Wranglers, Rogues and Barons

Crooked River Country: Wranglers, Rogues and Barons

by David Braly
     
 

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

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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 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:
1,355,899
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.89(d)

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