Lakeview in Lake County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Oregon Outback Scenic Byway
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Fighting for the County Seat
In a hotly contested 1876 election, Lakeview was made the county seat, beating out Klamath Falls, then Linkville. Within two years, Lakeview supported a network of merchants, trade stores, and hotels—all catering to local farmers and cowboys alike.
In May 1900, a fire devestated
Oregon's Wild Outback
Oregon's Outback was seem tame, but in the late 1800s, it was a hotbed of conflict—settlers battled fiercely over ownership and grazing land rights. These “Range Wars” pitted sheep ranchers, who favored an “open range” policy, against cattle-raising homesteaders who wanted to fence the land into privately-controlled pastures. The conflicts reached a fevered peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In time, the cattlemen gained the upper hand, and cattle ranching eclipsed sheep ranching.
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A Cow's Right
Driving through Lake County, keep a lookout for brown patties and cowboy hats on the highway. Lake County has Open Range laws. In the spring and fall it is common to see an enture herd of cattle moving down the highway from one pasture to another. If you face a herd on the road, the cowboys
Lakeview doesn't have an ocean, but they have great waves! A local old timer said “this town has always waved as far back as I can remember, because everybody is everybody's friend.” Waves come in different styles: a casual wave, with a slow full hand moving from left to right; a vigorous full hand wave, matched with a happy grin from a close friend; or the stoic cowboy wave, a lift of the index finger off the steering wheel while driving down the road, acknowledging a friend. While walking along the streets, don't be surprised if someone waves at you. Lift a hand to keep the waves rolling.
While rock cages dot the landscape around Lake, Harney, and Klamath Counties—these mounds are more than rock art. The four-foot-high columns are composed of a circle of fencing filled with rocks and used to anchor fences—stabilizing vulnerable corner posts, securing a tight fence line, and providing a convenient place to put rocks that may damage field equipment.
Boys to Men—Mammoth Stable
At the Mammoth Stable, located near the center of town in the 1920s,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1900.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 North E Street, Lakeview OR 97630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post & King Building (a few steps from this marker); Favell-Utley Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Balloon Bomb (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilcox Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heryford Building (about 500 feet away); Odd Fellows Bldg. (about 500 feet away); Lake County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Community Senior Center (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeview.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Last updated on March 30, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 22, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.