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Communities in Central Oregon
In what could be classified as one of the worst kept secrets in destination travel, the word is out about the unique combination of outdoor recreation and cosmopolitan sophistication that make Bend, Oregon, one of the United States’ up-and-coming leisure destinations.

Few mountain towns have had as much praise heaped on them in recent years as Bend has, a testament to the former mill town turned adventure playground that has defined itself as the mountain town that’s got it all.

But rather than tell you what we think makes Bend unique and special among mountain destinations, we have compiled the following selection of excerpts from recent editorial features that have appeared in some of the country’s top media outlets. From USA Today to Mountain Bike, these excerpts paint a true, objective picture of all that Bend has to offer.
Redmond is the perfect place to enjoy an endless list of enticing activities - from hiking, fishing and river running to rodeos, concerts and conventions - visitors will find countless choices of entertainment, relaxation and fun. The quiet, friendly town, nestled in the middle of Central Oregon, makes it a center of activity and tremendous growth. As one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, Redmond hosts the region's only commercial airport as well as the Northwest's newest, state-of-the-art, world-class exposition center.

Its convenient location places Redmond within a stone's throw of some of the greatest golf courses in the world, internationally renowned rock climbing, spectacular snow-capped mountains and adored fishing and hunting spots. Redmond's historic downtown area attracts visitors to its summer marketplace and antique shops full of engaging selections for the savvy collector.

The small town atmosphere and friendly people, combined with the sunny skies and high desert recreation, brand Redmond as a great place to visit and a wonderful place to live.
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Established in 1868, Prineville is the oldest community in Central Oregon.

The first settlers in what was to become Crook County settled in the “Oh-cho-coe,” a Paiute word meaning “willows.” In 1882 the county separated from Wasco County, and it was named for General George Crook, a recognized Indian fighter.

When Barney Prine settled on the banks of the Crooked River, he built a blacksmith shop and a store-saloon. Prineville was the primary place of trade until 1911, when the Union Pacific and Oregon Trunk railways extended south from the Columbia River to Bend. In 1917, Prineville took action and voted to build their own railroad to join the Oregon Trunk Railways and Union Pacific north of Redmond. In the 1930s and 1940s the decision to build the railroad paid back the investment by shipping vast amounts of lumber over the rails. The City of Prineville still owns and operates the Railroad today.

Crook County has over 20,000 residents, with Prineville being the only incorporated city in Crook County having over 10,000. The growth rates are predicted to be as high as 5 percent in the future.

Private investment is revitalizing Central Oregon’s oldest town in the downtown core. Recently Powell Butte has been the home to active resort development. Eagle Crest, Inc., a division of Jeld-Wen Corp., has developed Brasada Ranch, a high-end resort, in south Crook County. Their initial sales event generated more than $60 million in gross sales revenues, reaching an all-time record for Central Oregon by a wide margin. Pahlisch Homes, a regional developer, has purchased 4,000 acres that sits next to Brasada Ranch.

Prineville is now home to Facebook! The Internet giant has built a data center here, with Apple and other large tech companies looking to build similar sites.
Sisters is nestled at the base of the majestic Three Sisters and is named for these distinct volcanic peaks in the central Cascades Range. First settled as the Camp Polk military outpost in the mid-1800s, the town of Sisters was built on a foundation of ranching, farming, logging, and accommodating travelers crossing over the Cascades. The city was incorporated in 1946.

Today, Sisters is a modern, western community that honors its heritage. Known for its charming village setting and western themed downtown with unique shops, galleries and restaurants, Sisters also hosts several major special events including the Sisters Rodeo (“The Biggest Little Rodeo in the World”) and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the largest outdoor quilt show in the world. The Sisters Folk Festival and Sisters Starry Nights concert series are signature music events that draw top rated talent from around the country. Together with numerous arts and crafts events, Sisters celebrates the spirit of the American West.

From the Willamette Valley, Sisters is the gateway into Central Oregon and is bordered by the Deschutes National Forest. Within minutes of town, one can enjoy world class hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing and boating.
Sunriver is a planned private residential and resort community 15 miles south of Bend in Deschutes County. Located at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver's 3,300 acres wind along the eastern side of the Deschutes River. The area was the site of Camp Abbot, a World War II training facility, and was later named by developers John Gray and Donald McCallum. The first condominiums were built in 1968 in conjunction with the completion of Sunriver Lodge and a year later the master plan was completed and developers began selling lots.

Sunriver is self-governed with its own homeowners association, public works department and budget. Its paved roads and 35 miles of pathways for pedestrians and bicycle riders, two swimming pools, 26 tennis courts, two parks and other common areas are private. A tax-based special service district within Deschutes County government provides fully-staffed police, fire and emergency medical services. Sunriver children attend Bend-LaPine public schools.

The community is home to more than 4,000 privately-owned residences and has a permanent population of approximately 1,700, though during peak vacation season it may swell to upwards of 20,000. Sunriver consists of residential areas, recreational facilities, a commercial development known as Sunriver Village Mall, and Sunriver Resort. The mall offers a variety of business and services, including restaurants, retail shops, and vacation rental and property management companies.
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