Deschutes County History: in the mid-1800s, French-Canadian fur trappers of the old Hudson’s Bay Company joined pioneer settlers and Native Americans in the central Cascade Mountain Range area. The fur trappers gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Rapids) to one of Oregon’s most scenic rivers, the Deschutes River, from which the county of Deschutes took its name. In 1916 Deschutes County was created from a part of Crook County.
Located in the heart of the state, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. With noble, snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, the beauty and uniqueness of Deschutes County captures the awe of locals and visitors alike. From humble beginnings as a logging and timber mill center, Deschutes County, like the region it serves, has grown into a bustling, exciting place where progress and growth are ongoing hallmarks.
During the past 10 years, Deschutes County has experienced the most rapid growth of any county in the state largely due to its invigorating climate and year-round recreation activities.
La Pine enjoys a lower cost of property acquisition including commercial and light industrial land, compared to most of Central Oregon. La Pine is the largest geographical community in the state, approximately 35 square miles.
Click here for a “Historical Look at La Pine” by Robert Metcalf.