Fort Rock in Lake County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Cowboy, Horseman, Philosopher
“Reuben Long, has lived on the desert all his life, taking the cold, the wind, and the pitiless summer sun, and giving back gentleness and understanding. He is known to thousands as a desert philosopher, with wit and wisdom far beyond most of us.” (Written about Long, the coauthor of “The Oregon Desert”)
Born in Lakeview in 1898, Reuben A. Long continued a family ranching tradition. At the peak of his career, he and his wife Eleanor owned 7000 acres and leased 30,000 acres more. Besides Hereford cattle, the Longs raised fine horses that were featured in countless western films.
A Gift of Land
"God has quit making land, but he keeps right on making people." - Reuben A. Long
Before his death in 1974, "Reub" and his wife Eleanor, donated 30 acres of their land – this land – to the people of Oregon. It is a special landscape, one endowed him with sage humility, more than enough to sustain a cowboy's twist of humor.
Location. 43° 22.388′ N, 121° 3.967′ W. Marker is in Fort Rock, Oregon, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from County Road 5-11A west of Cabin Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Rock OR 97735, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least The First People of Fort Rock (here, next to this marker); The Birth of a Tuff Ring (here, next to this marker); Fort Rock State Park (here, next to this marker); Fort Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Reuban A. "Reub" Long (within shouting distance of this marker); A Path to the Past (approx. 1.3 miles away); Claiming the Desert (approx. 1.3 miles away); Home Sweet Home (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Rock.
More about this marker. Marker is located in Fort Rock State Park, just north of the parking lot.
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