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Malheur County History Books and Publications
The following are books written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Malheur County history or communities in Malheur 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. 
Chappel, Jill A. “Historic Structure Report: Birch Creek Ranch Historic Rural Landscape, Malheur County, Oregon.” Eugene: Heritage Research Associates, Inc., 1996. Illustrations, maps, photographs, bibliography. Pp. 224. [   17 mb ] 
Documents the physical condition and history of the Birch Creek Ranch Rural Historic Landscape, located on the Owyhee River in central Malheur County. The report contends that the property, owned by the Bureau of Land Management, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for its association with late-19th and early-20th century ranching practices.  The report includes recommendations for the conservation of the identified resources. PDF [17 MB]

Dutcher, Ida. Our Homestead in the Canyon: Now Succor Creek State Park in Malheur Co., Oregon. Prineville: The Central Oregonian, 1978. Maps, photographs. 71 pages.
A collection of the author’s reminiscences of homestead in Succor Creek Canyon from 1917 to 1927, until the land was acquired and turned into Succor Creek State Park.  Topics include everyday life on the homestead and leaving the homestead.
Edwards, Dottie C. Tales of Yesterday in Malheur County: The South Eastern Oregon Frontier. Ontario: Malheur Publishing Co., 1969. Photographs, index. 80 pages.
Publication is a collection of stories from the author’s collection of feature articles and columns from various publications.  Most of the stories are written from oral histories collected during the 1930s.  Topics people of Malheur County, buildings, schools, and events.
Gregg, Jacob Ray. Pioneer Days in Malheur County: Perpetuating the Memory of Prominent Pioneers and Preserving an Authentic History of the County. Los Angeles: Lorrin L. Morrison, 1950. Photographs, illustrations. 442 pages.
Publication is a series of stories as told to the author over a thirty year period by early Euro-American settlers beginning in 1886.  The author describes that all stories were written from his memory.  Topics include the overland trail, early schools, the Blue Bucket Mine, Snake River ferries, and early Euro-American settlers.
Malheur County Historical Society. Malheur County History. Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1988. Photographs, maps, index. 499 pages.
Publication is a general history of Malheur County, from the time of Native American inhabitation through the early 20th century.  Brief histories of towns, and family histories are included.  Material for the publication was collected through primary and secondary sources, while the family histories were provided solely by living family members.
Smith, Earl R. Westfall Country: The Story of An Eastern Oregon Community and the People Who Settled and Live There. Exposition Press, 1963.
This book, written by a long-time residents, reports on the history of the town and its residents. 
Smith, Earl R.  The Days of My Years:  The Autobiography of An Average American.  Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 1968
A longtime Westfall resident describes his life in the community.