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Bend is a city in and the county seat of Deschutes County, Oregon, United States, and the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon’s largest city, and, despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. With a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 US Census., up from 52,029 in recorded during the 2000 census.
Bend’s metro population was estimated at 170,705 as of July 1, 2009. The Bend MSA is the 5th largest metropolitan area in Oregon.
Bend is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. Here the Ponderosa Pine forest transitions into the high desert, characterized by arid land, junipers, sagebrush, and bitter-brush. Originally a crossing point on the river, settlement began in the early 1900s. Bend was incorporated as a city in 1905. Economically, it started as a logging town but is now identified as a gateway for many outdoor sports, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and golf. Learn More
Redmond is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Incorporated on July 6, 1910, the city is located on the eastern side of Oregon’s Cascade Range, in the High Desert, and is considered the geographical heart of Central Oregon. From Redmond there is easy access to a multitude of recreational opportunities, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and golf. Redmond is a progressive full-service municipality and one of the fastest-growing industrial and residential communities in Oregon. Redmond had a population of 26,215 in 2010, and the population continues to grow at a rate of about 8% each year.
The city encompasses 15.5 square miles (40 km2) and is located on a flat plateau, at an elevation of 3,077 feet (938 m) above sea level. Redmond is 15 miles (24 km) north of Bend—the county seat of Deschutes County—144 miles (232 km) from Portland, 129 miles (208 km) from Salem—the capital of Oregon—and 126 miles (203 km) from Eugene. Learn More
Sisters is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 959 at the 2000 census, but more than doubled to 2038 as of the 2010 census.
Camp Polk was established as a military post in 1865 in response to the Paiute Indian wars that were raging throughout eastern Oregon during the 1860s and 70s. Named after the Oregon county from which the camp’s commanding officer hailed, it consisted of a group of cabins along the west bank of Squaw Creek, about three miles northeast of Sisters. The troops spent the winter of 1865-66 there. After discovering that there was no Indian problem they left. Around 1870, the area was homesteaded by Samuel Hindeman who also ran the post office. The post office at Camp Polk was moved to the present site of Sisters in 1888, and the name was changed to Sisters after the Three Sisters Mountains that dominate its western skyline. Learn More
Prineville is a city in and the county seat of Crook County, Oregon, United States. It was named for the first merchant located in the present location, Barney Prine. The population was 9,253 at the 2010 census.
Prineville was founded in 1877 when Monroe Hodges filed the original plat for the city. The post office for the community had been established with the name of Prine on April 13, 1871, but changed to Prineville on December 23, 1872. The city was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 23, 1880, and obtained its first high school in 1902.
Long the major town in central Oregon, Prineville was snubbed in 1911 when the railroad tycoons James J. Hill and Edward H. Harriman bypassed the city as they laid track south from The Dalles. In a period when the presence of a railroad meant the difference between prosperity and the eventual fate as a ghost town, in a 1917 election, Prineville residents voted 355 to 1 to build their own railway, and raised the money to connect their town to the main line 19 miles (31 km) away. Learn More
Sunriver, Oregon is a 3,300-acre (1,300 ha) private planned resort community in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on the eastern flank of the Deschutes River about 15 miles (24 km) south of Bend at the base of the Cascade Range.
Sunriver consists of residential areas, recreational facilities, the Sunriver Resort and a commercial development known as Sunriver Village Mall. The Sunriver Village Mall offers vacationers and permanent residents a variety of businesses and services including restaurants, retail shops, vacation rental and property management companies. The community has a permanent population of about 1,700, though at any given time it may have many times as many vacationers in attendance. Sunriver has at least a dozen vacation home rental agencies offering hundreds of privately owned single family homes and condominiums. The Sunriver Resort Lodge has hotel rooms, banquet facilities, a fine dining restaurant, and other amenities. Sunriver Vacations, a conglomerate of four of the largest vacation rental companies, offers guests and the public a recreation center named Mavericks at Sunriver. Mavericks houses a cafe, rock climbing wall, cardio and weight gym, 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) meeting room, four-lane swimming pool, flowrider and kids pool with splash fountains.
Some of the adjacent land not part of the resort development, including commercial areas as well as numerous residential roads, is also considered to be part of “larger” Sunriver.
Sunriver has three 18-hole golf courses, many tennis courts, swimming pools, a park, a nature center, the Sunriver Observatory, stables, a marina, a general aviation airport, restaurants, a business park, the Three Rivers School and a shopping village, all accessible via the 35+ miles (over 55 km) of paved bicycle paths. Mount Bachelor ski area is a nearby (20–30 minutes) frequent destination for guests. Learn More