the mid-1800s, French-Canadian fur trappers of the old Hudson's
Bay Company joined pioneer settlers and Native Americans in
the central Cascade Mountain Range area. The fur trappers
gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Falls) to one
of Oregon's most scenic rivers, the Deschutes River, from
which the county of Deschutes took its name. In 1916 Deschutes
County was created from a part of Crook County.
In the heart of the state, Deschutes County is the outdoor
recreation capital of Oregon. With noble, snow-capped peaks
dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high
desert extending to the east, the beauty and uniqueness of
Deschutes County captures the awe of locals and visitors alike.
From humble beginnings a logging and timber mill center, Deschutes
County, like the region it serves, has grown into a bustling,
exciting place where progress and growth are ongoing hallmarks.
The county seat is Bend, Oregon, founded in 1900 as part
of Crook County with a population of 21. Located 20 miles
east of the Cascades Mountains in the center of Oregon, the
town became part of Deschutes County December 13, 1916, with
a population of 6,193. At one time in its history, the Bend
Lumber Mill was the largest timber processing plant in the
During the past 10 years, Deschutes County has experienced
the most rapid growth of any county in the state largely due
to its invigorating climate and year-round recreation activities.
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