W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam
Deschutes County Surveyor Mike Berry visited the failed Tumalo Reservoir and talked about W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam. In the… read more
Deschutes County Surveyor Mike Berry visited the failed Tumalo Reservoir and talked about W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam. In the early 20th century W.A. Laidlaw promised hundreds of settlers in Deschutes County that he could irrigate the land around Bend using funds from the Federal Carey Act. Laidlaw failed to uphold his promise and left the area with little money. The state then stepped in and tried to build a reservoir to help irrigate the land in what is now known as Tumalo. The state was never able to successfully irrigate the land promised by Laidlaw, leaving hundreds of settlers without farmable land.
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2014 LCV Cities Tour” in Bend, Oregon, from March 3-5, to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the BendBroadband Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. close
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