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The Early Days of Bend Tours


  • Courtesy Deschutes County Historical Society.
  • Early Bend educator Ruth Reid.

Walking tours explore history and architecture

Learn about some of the natural and human history of the region, or alternately, about the architecture of the city and how various architectural styles once reflected the growing community.

The Deschutes Historical Museum's weekly Heritage Walking Tours allow participants to stroll through some of the oldest neighborhoods in Bend, led by the museum's staff and volunteers.

This Saturday, hikers can do "Reflections of History: An Architectural Tour of a Neighborhood" within the Drake Park historic district. The next architecture tour, the last of the June Heritage Tour series, will take place June 30.

On June 23, "The Early Days of Bend" tour will take walkers through some of the oldest neighborhoods of Bend and along the river as they hear about six Bend residents who helped transform the small hamlet into a booming town. One of those is Ruth Reid, a Bend teacher after whom Bend's first modern school building was named. The museum has been tight-lipped about the others in order to save some surprises.

As the "Early Days" tour involves some uneven sidewalks, it's not recommended for wheelchairs. For either tour, the museum recommends guests wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat and bring water and a camera. Tours begin at the museum.

Advance registration is required. Tours are limited to 12 people.

Heritage Walking Tours
Saturdays in June, 10:30am
Registration required
Deschutes Historical Museum
129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend
$5; Museum members free

*Correction 6/14: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect phone number for the Deschutes Historical Museum. We regret the error.

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