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Early in 1868, Francis "Barney" Prine arrived in the Crooked River Valley of Central Oregon, established a blacksmith shop made of logs, and dispensed spirits from the back of the cabin. Prine saw the potential for development and industry along the lush banks of Crooked River and Ochoco Creek, and as more and more settlers arrived, the post office of Prine was established in 1871. The community soon emerged as a major commercial center for Central Oregon, one of the last frontiers in the state. In fact, Prineville boasts the only remaining city-owned railroad to operate in the United States. The decline of the timber industry led to hard times, but after Les Schwab established the headquarters of his emerging tire empire in Prineville, the city became one of the burgeoning communities in the Northwest.
ISBN: 9780738548722
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Steve Lent is the assistant director of the Bowman Museum located in Prineville. A lifetime resident of Central Oregon, he has been associated with the Crook County Historical Society for many years and has written extensively on local history, receiving a commendation award in 2001 from the American Association for State and Local History for his accomplishments. The vintage images in this book have been selected from the extensive archival collection of the Bowman Museum.
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