|The following are books and studies during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Wasco County history or communities in Wasco County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [ PDF ] version.
This listing was made to inform people of some of the available books and studies. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications.
Bailey, Barbara and Mary Howell. Upper Mill Creek Community: An Illustrated History. The Dalles: Optimist Printers, 1973. Illustrations, Photographs. 37 pages.
Publication contains information about the community of Upper Mill Creek, from the beginnings of the small community in 1886 through its inclusion in the city of The Dalles watershed in 1912, effectively ending occupation of the area. Includes histories of local families and events taken from primarily oral histories.
Crandall, Lulu D. The Autobiography of Lulu D. Crandall. Extracted from The Dalles Chronicle by Anita K. Drake. The Dalles: Fort Dalles Museum, 1990. Map, Illustrations, Photographs, Index. 84 pages.
An autobiography of Lulu D. Crandall as extracted from The Dalles Chronicle from Oct. 18, 1928 through April 11, 1929. Provides information about the life of Crandall, a historian of Wasco County, and information about the formation of Wasco County, early buildings, early settlement, schools, and events through the 1910s. Information was compiled from primarily Crandall’s reminiscences.
Due, John F. and Giles French. Rails to the Mid-Columbia Wheatlands: The Columbia Southern and Great Southern Railroads and the Development of Sherman and Wasco Counties, Oregon. University Press of America, 1979. Maps, graphs, photographs.
A scholarly study of transportation and economic development in the Mid-Columbia area.
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.
McNeal, William H. History of Wasco County, Oregon. The Dalles: 195(-). Photographs, Index. 471 pages.
Contains a history of Wasco County from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century. Includes histories of The Dalles, the Pony Express, histories of specific families and individuals, early directory listings, geology, and a list of veterans. Also includes the personal religious philosophy and stories of the author. Many of the sources are compiled from primary and local secondary sources.
McNeal, William H. Upper Mill Creek or Matney Area, Sam John’s Mill and Brook’s Meadows, Wasco County, Oregon. N.p., 1972. Map. 14 pages.
Provides information about specific places and biographical information for people and families who lived in the Upper Mill Creek, Matney, Sam John’s Mill, and Brook’s Meadows area.
McNeal, William H. A Brief History of the Old Wasco County, Oregon Pioneers Association. Oxon Hill, Md.: Silesia Printing and Publishing, 1975. Photographs, Illustrations, Index. 187 pages.
Publication contains a photograph index, biographies of families of Wasco County based on nineteenth century federal census information, information about centennial buildings, farms, and organizations of the county, and a brief history of Sherman County towns. Information was compiled from primary, secondary, and oral history sources.
Nelson, E.M. History of a County Fair, 1868-1968. Tygh Valley: Wasco County Fair Board, 1968. Map, Photographs. 35 pages.
Provides a brief history of the first 100 years of the Wasco County Fair, including information about early Euro-American settlement of the area, and the development of southern Wasco County. Compiled primarily through oral histories, newspaper articles and secondary sources.
Nielsen, Lawrence E. and Deanne M. Roads of Yesterday in Northeastern Oregon. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1990. Maps, photographs.
The authors tell of history of early roads from The Dalles to Walla Walla, and northeastern Oregon.
Wasco County. Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings. The Dalles: Wasco, 1976. Photographs, Illustrations. 123 pages. [ PDF 9.1 mb ]
Collection of historic survey documents for individual properties in Wasco County. Entries include address, physical description, and narrative history for each resource. Scan made from poor-quality photocopies.