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Lake County History Books and Publications
The following are books and studies written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Lake County history or communities in Lake 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 people of some of the available history books. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications.
Adams, Melvin R., Netting the Sun: A Personal Geography of the Oregon Desert. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2001. Photos, bibliography, 143 pages.
Through an extensively researched memoir, the author interprets south central Oregon’s history, archaeology, ethnography, botany, geology and wildlife.
Beckham, Stephen Dow, Lake County Historic Sites and Buildings Inventory.  Eugene: Heritage Research Associates, 1982. Photographs. 40 pages.   
Comprehensive survey of 374 historic sites, buildings and objects on private lands. PDF [1.3 MB]
Boydstun Stephenson, Georgie Ellen. The Growth of Lake County, Oregon. Wilsonville: Book Partners, Inc., 1994. Notes, Photos, Index. 173 pages.
A thematic history of Lake County from settlement through the early 20th century. Topics include profiles of places and community organizations as well as settlement, ranching, and education. Topics are presented chronologically as a list of names, events, and dates with brief commentary without an examination of larger trends and events.
Fort Rock Historical Society. Portraits: Fort Rock Valley Homestead Years. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1989. Illustrations, Photos, Bibliography, Index. 218 pages.
A social history of homesteading in Fort Rock Basin from initial settlement in the late nineteenth century to the community’s failure in the early twentieth century due to inadequate natural resources. The history of the community is examined thematically, including natural history, settlement, education, organizations, and health care. Most of the book is devoted to oral histories of the community’s former residents. The book is reasonably-well researched local history.
Foster, Teressa. Settlers in Summer Lake Valley. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1989. Illustrations, Photos, Bibliography, Index. 223 pages.
A history of the many families that inhabited the Summer Lake Valley area from the white settlement period to the mid 20th century. Histories are organized into alphabetical order based on family name. Topics are wide-ranging, and the histories are largely personal in nature.
Hatton, Raymond R. High Desert of Central Oregon. Portland: Binford & Mort, 1977. Map, Photos, Notes, Index. 148 pages.
An overall history of the homestead period in Central Oregon, identified as the area east of Bend including Deschutes, Crook, and Lake Counties told in the form of a modern travelogue by the author as he travels through the region. The five chapters in turn address the natural history of the desert and homesteading in the desert, before addressing the communities along the Bend-Burns Highway, Fort rock Valley, and Christmas lake Valley. Large portions of the narrative are devoted to local natural history and geography. A useful overview, but lacking specific information.
Hatton, Raymond R. Pioneer Homesteaders of the Fort Rock Valley. Portland: Binford & Mort, 1982. Photographs, Bibliography, Index. 150 pages.
A history of the Gordon family as told to the author by their descendants, some of whom lived through the experiences described in the book. Personal family histories are used as introductions to discussions of larger historical trends. Divided thematically, the book discusses coming to Oregon and homestead and community life. A useful resource for insights into the lives of an individual family and the larger trends that affected their lives.
Kelleher, Marie. Duhallow to Oregon, 1880 to 1960. Lakeview: Duhallow Development Assn., 1985. Maps, Illustrations, Photographs, Appendixes. 118 pages.
A reasonably well-researched history of the immigration of Irish nationals to Lake County in the late nineteenth century and the establishment of sheep ranching through the 1960s with a focus on the individuals and families who inhabited the area. The book includes a brief overall history of Oregon, Lake County, and Duhallow, Ireland. Two chapters are devoted to discussing sheep ranching.
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 southern Oregon and northern Nevada beginning in the late 19th century.
State Historic Preservation Office, Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings: Lake County.  Salem: State Historic Preservation Office, 1976.  Photographs. 64 pages.   
Historic inventory survey forms recorded by Stephen Dow Beckham. PDF   [4.9 MB]
Tonsfeldt, Ward, Historical Resource Survey, Lakeview, Oregon. Lakeview: Lakeview Planning Office, 1989. Photographs, maps, charts, bibliography. 76 pages.  
Analyzes elements of Lakeview’s built environment following State Historic Preservation Office format, including a survey of all buildings built before 1938. Also a comprehensive survey of people and places associated with Lakeview history. PDF [5 MB]
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region One. Cultural Resource Inventory: Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Portland: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1985. Photographs, maps, bibliography. 101 pages. 
Results of an intensive survey and inventory of eight historic sites on the two refuges. The content is divided into three sections: a general historical overview of the areas, a site-by-site evaluation of each site, and management recommendations.  PDF [5.1 MB]