The City of Bend

The City of Bend (HM16V4)

Location: Bend, OR 97701 Deschutes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 3.636', W 121° 16.986'

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Pilot Butte Park

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 Statts 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 the 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.
HM NumberHM16V4
Placed ByOregon State Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 637511 N 4880036
Decimal Degrees44.06060000, -121.28310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 3.636', W 121° 16.986'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 3' 38.16" N, 121° 16' 59.16" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 110 Pilot Butte trail, Bend OR 97701, US
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