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Crook County History Books and Publications

The following are books and studies written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Crook County history or communities in Crook County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [ PDF ] form.
This listing is merely to inform peple of some of the available history books and studies. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications.

Crook County Historical Society. The History of Crook County, Oregon. Prineville: Crook County Historical Society, 1981. Maps, Photographs, Family History Index. 304 pages.
General history of Crook County from the time of Native American inhabitation through the 1970s. Includes geological, Native American, and local family histories of the area.  Information compiled from primarily, secondary, and oral histories.
Crook County Historical Society and A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum. Echoes from Old Crook County. 2 volumes. Prineville: Crook County Historical Society, 1991, 1992. Maps, Illustrations, Photographs, Index (vol. 1 only). 176 pages (Vol. I); 288 pages (Vol II).
Both volumes contain a collection of “historical notes,” including newspaper articles, reprints from books, and personal anecdotes, originally prepared for a radio broadcast.  Information was compiled from primary, secondary, and oral histories. 
Due, John F. and Francis Juris Rush. Roads and Rails South From the Columbia: Transportation and Economic Development in the Mid-Columbia and Central Oregon. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1991.
The authors describe the exploration, geology, water, rail, and road development of the region, including their relationship to economic development of the area.
Juris, Frances. Old Crook County: The Heart of Oregon. Prineville: Prineville Print Shop, 1975. Photographs, Maps. 31 pages.
General history of the original Crook County formed in 1882, with emphasis on specific cities, towns, buildings, cemeteries and roads.  Generally covers the period from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries.  Much of the information was compiled from oral histories.
Lent, Steve, Bill McCormack and M.B. Rollins, A Historical Tour of Bear Creek, Southern Crook County. Prineville: Crook County Historical Society, 2000. Photographs, maps. 45 pages.
The guide was prepared for the society’s two-day tour, and includes histories and photographs of the Bear Creek Valley, especially of people who have lived there during the past 125 years.  Also includes some stories told by residents and information about place names. PDF [6.5 MB] 
Miller, May. Golden Memories of the Paulina Area. N.p., 1974. Photographs. 69 pages.
A collection of stories about the Paulina area as remembered by the author from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.  Information compiled from the author’s reminiscences and oral histories.

Ontko, Andrew G. Trails to the Ochoco Valley. Prineville: Crook County Historical Society, 1992. Illustrations, Biographical Index. 121 pages.
A general history of Crook County first written as the author’s senior history thesis project in high school, with special emphasis on early Euro-American settlement of the county, the Ochoco Valley, Native American history of the area, and the sheep and cattle wars.  Information is compiled from secondary sources, and primary sources such as journals, letters, and diaries. 
Onkto, Vera Koch. Through the Golden Gate of Yesteryear: Life on the Upper Ochoco, 1907 through 1918. Prineville: Prineville Print Shop, 1975. Photographs, Illustrations. 104 pages.
Personal reminiscences of the author’s childhood growing up in the on the southern edge of the Ochoco Mountains.  Included are stories of everyday life, household chores, schools, and her neighbors.  Information was compiled from personal reminiscences of the author. 


Shafer, F.A. An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake, and Klamath Counties, State of Oregon. Spokane, WA: Western Historical Publishing Co., 1905. Photographs. 1097 pages.
These pdfs include excerpts pertaining to the history of Crook County from the book, History of Central Oregon.  The first section is “History of Crook County,” Part VII, Chapters I-VII, pp. 699-750.  This excerpt includes events dating from 1843 to 1905.  The second section is “Biographical Sketches: Crook County,” pp. 751-804, which includes biographical information and some photographs of citizens associated with the history of Crook County.

Shaw Historical Library, Sheep Trails: Sheep Ranching in the Land of the Lakes, Klamath Falls: Shaw Historical Library, 2004. (Volume 18 of its periodic journal.) Photographs, maps, 148 pages.
Eighteen scholarly articles and reminiscences of the sheep ranching industry in central and southern Oregon and northern Nevada beginning in the late 19th century.