On the way to the Fort Rock you pass by the small town of Fort Rock, home to the Fort Rock Homestead Museum. We took photos in 2015 which I will share but first a little info from fortrockoregon.com.
The Fort Rock Valley Historical Society, founded in 1984 with eight charter members, conceived the Homestead Village which opened in 1988 with two buildings, the Webster cabin and Dr. Thom’s office. In the ensuing years more land was acquired from the BLM and more buildings were brought in from surrounding homestead sites. Many of the buildings were considered hazardous to open range cattle and were scheduled to be put to the torch.
Since that time, several more homes, a church and school have been moved to the village as well as pieces of vintage equipment. As this is an ongoing project, more structures and historical pieces will be added in the future.
Though most of the Fort Rock homesteaders did not make it financially, they left stories of fond memories of the community they forged out of this land. For most, their optimism and positive spirit was rewarded as they moved on to take advantage of the bounty the Northwest had to offer during that period.
With wide open vistas, clear air and starlit nights, the high desert of Oregon was an intoxicating place…and it still is!
Preserving the PastFort Rock Village
On February 15, 1984, the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society was formed by eight people interested in preserving the history of the homestead era, which peaked in 1912.
First two photos from the web site:
Below are a few photos I took… These were taken on a typical Oregon Rainy Day
More photos to come: