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Jefferson History Books and Publications

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

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. Pelton-Round Butte Project FERC No. 2030 First Stage Consultation Document. Warm Springs: Warm Springs Power Enterprises, 1997. Images, maps, engineering plans and specifications, illustrations, graphs, tables, appendices and bibliographic references. 229 pages.  
This document served to initiate and facilitate the consultation process required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation to license and operate the Pelton-Round Butte project, located in north-central Oregon downstream from the confluence of the Crooked, Deschutes and Metolius Rivers. Consisting of three developments, the project included transmission line corridors, power generating facilities and impoundments.  The document includes discussions of archaeological projects and reports in the Pelton-Round Butte area. Portions of the document redacted to meet Oregon law (ORS 192.501(11)). PDF [41.4 MB]


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.
Hall, Michael, Irrigation Development in Oregon’s Upper Deschutes River Basin, 1871-1957. Bend: Deschutes County and the Cities of Bend, Redmond and Sisters, and the State Historic Preservation Office, 1994. Maps, graphs, charts, notes, photographs. 139 pages. 
Describes the rise of irrigation along the Upper Deschutes River in Deschutes, Jefferson and Klamath counties, including changes under the Carey Act and the Reclamation Act. PDF [8.2 MB] 
Jefferson County Reminiscences. Portland: Binford & Mort, 1957. Appendixes, Index. 384 pages.
This volume provides a brief history of 19 cities and places in brief chapters that address the community’s settlement and growth. Also included are brief chapters on overarching topics such as irrigation, transportation, schools, and the Library and Pioneer Association. Most of the book is written in first person and appears to rely primarily on oral histories. A fair introductory resource to local communities
Klann Cornwell, Ethel Prudence. Rimrocks and Water Barrels. Madison, Wis.: Lakeside Press, 1979. Photographs. 201 pages.
An autobiographical account of the Klann family’s homesteading experiences, including stories of their travels over the Oregon trail, in the Warm Springs area. The story is very personal in nature, and provides glimpses into homestead life and the community.
Raber, Bess. Some Bright Morning. Corvallis: Maverick Publishing, 1983. Map, Photographs. 365 pages.
Some Bright Morning is the account of the Stangland family’s homesteading experience between 1902 and 1905 in Jefferson, later Crook County. The story is very personal nature, and provides glimpses into homestead life and the community.
State Historic Preservation Office, Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings: Jefferson County. Salem: State Historic Preservation Office, 1976.  Photographs, notes. 65 pages
The collection of inventory forms about historic structures in Jefferson County that were prepared by Stephen Dow Beckham as part of the 1976 statewide survey are included. PDF [5.6 MB]