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General History

French-Canadian fur trappers of the Hudson's Bay Company gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Falls) to the Deschutes River, from which the county derived its name.

On December 13, 1916, Deschutes County was created from the southern part of Crook County.

Bend has been the county seat since the county's formation. It was the last county in Oregon to be established. If you are searching for records prior to 1916, you will be searching in Crook County.

The Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company also operated within the Bend area processing Ponderosa pine trees.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,055 square miles (7,912.4 km2) of which 3,018 square miles (7,816.6 km2) is land and 37 square miles (95.8 km2) is water. The total area is 1.20% water.

What's New

Feb 17, 2016: NEW web address for Bend Chapter NSDAR fixed
Added Sept 2015:
Marriages 1917-1975 Letter A and partial B,
Search link to Clerk Recordings on Resources

Adjacent counties

Deschutes County Government Web Site
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