The history of the west is linked with the idea of finding a new home in a challenging land. We call it homesteading.
During the Pleistocene epoch, homesteaders in the Fort Rock Basin were mammoths, camels, horses, flamingos, and . . . — — Map (db m113604) HM
The Homestead Act of 1862 inspired thousands to seek land in the West. The law allowed heads of households, widows, and all single people over 21 years old to purchase 160 acres at $1.25 per acre, or by paying a $15 filing fee after 5 years of . . . — — Map (db m113592) HM
“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 . . . — — Map (db m113572) HM
Fort Rock, towering above you to the north and west, is one of Oregon's most interesting geologic features.
Geologists believe it was formed near the end of the Ice Age some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago during a period of frequent volcanic . . . — — Map (db m113575) HM
Fort Rock is the remnant of a maar volcano or tuff ring, formed when rising basaltic magma encountered water and exploded violently. The exploded debris – called tuff – fell back to earth around the volcanic vent to form this . . . — — Map (db m113585) HM
The Fort Rock Grange was organized in 1930 during the great
depression, a time of hardship, drought, and struggle for those living
in the Fort Rock Valley. There were 17 charter members, whose
names hang on the north wall of the main hall. . . . — — Map (db m189155) HM
Ten thousand years ago, Fort Rock was prime real estate for cave-dwelling families. Food was plentiful and there was a great lake where you stand. Walk the trail of this giant "tuff ring" and you'll discover dynamic strands of nature woven . . . — — Map (db m113569) HM
The 1909 Enlarged Homestead Act fueled a landrush that began with the Homestead Act of 1862.
The Act allowed qualified individuals to claim 320 acres by building a residence and cultivating 40 acres.
Motivated by dreams of a "Garden of . . . — — Map (db m113590) HM
Reub Long was a lifelong cowboy of the Oregon desert.
When Reub was two years old, his family moved from Lakeview to Christmas Lake (about 30 miles S.E. of Fort Rock).
By the time he was twelve, he and his horse "...were out doing a man's . . . — — Map (db m113573) HM
They say it happened more than 100,000 years ago.
Molten rock, squeezing its way toward the surface, ran into groundwater. The result?
Great explosions of steam, lake-bed mud, and billions of glass shards.
Wave after wave of this boiling . . . — — Map (db m113570) HM
Near the end of the last Ice Age, America's first people migrated into this lake-filled basin, finding a climate cooler than today's.
A warming trend increased evaporation and the lake shrank. Soon these people discovered caves carved by waves . . . — — Map (db m113571) HM