Harney County Historic Sites

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Harney County, Historic Sites Index (pdf)

National Register Locations and a little history on some of them.

Allison Ranger Station
Named for Jesse Allison who homesteaded there in 1911. US Forest Service built a ranger station there, called Allison Guard Station compound consisting of eight rustic buildings located in the Malheur National Forest in the Ochoco Mountains of eastern Oregon. It was originally built as a district ranger station for the Snow Mountain Ranger District. It was later converted to a summer guard station. Today, it is an active Forest Service guard station with a crew of twelve fire fighters on station during the summer fire season. The ranger station’s oldest building, the Donnelly Cabin, is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the other buildings at the Allison Ranger Station are eligible for historic designation, but are not yet listed on the national register.

Double-O Ranch Historic District
One of the historic ranches in Harney County. At one time, the Double-O Ranch covered over 17,000 acres. The ranch was owned by Bill Hanley, a well-known cattle baron and Bull Moose progressive. In 1941, the United States Government purchased most of the Double O Ranch property and added it to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The two remaining Double-O Ranch buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Peter French Round Barn
Peter French was a partner with Dr. Hugh James Glenn. The P Ranch, owned by French is a prominent landmark in Harney County. Round Barn Website

Frenchglenn Hotel
Hotel located at Frenchglenn is still in operation. It is owned by the State of Oregon and operated by Division of State Parks.Frenchglen Hotel is a small slice of peace and quiet in southeastern Oregon at the gateway to the mighty Steens Mountain. Offering rooms for rent, the accommodations are rustic and the food is excellent.You don’t need to drive to the Sierra Nevada or Montana to get that glorious wide-open sky feeling.This historic building has been preserved and is open during the summer season. Come enjoy the history and unique beauty of this timeless piece of Oregon history.
Photographer citation: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives
Hotel in Frenchglen

P Ranch
Once owned by Peter French, it is now part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The remaining ranch structures are located on the west bank of the Donner und Blitzen River in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The ranch was built by Peter French, a well known 19th-century cattle baron. The P Ranch became headquarters for the French-Glenn Livestock Company, which eventually covered over 140,000 acres. After French was murdered in 1897, the French-Glenn Livestock Company slowly sold off the P Ranch property. In 1935, the United States Government purchased the remaining P Ranch property to add to an adjacent wildlife refuge. The Civilian Conservation Corps demolished most of the original ranch buildings in the 1930s, and a fire destroyed the main ranch house in 1947. The few remaining P Ranch structures are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Riddle Ranch
A livestock ranch located in the Frenchglenn area. The ranch complex is located on both sides of the Little Blitzen River. The original ranch buildings were built by brothers Benjamin, Frederick, and Walter Riddle. The ranch was sold to Rex Clemens in the 1950 and sold to BLM in 1986. The ranch is maintained as an open air museum with original aritfacts displayed where they were used.

Sod House Ranch 1870
Located west of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. The house was built of sod. There was a small community there, called Sodhouse. It is part of the refuge.
Sod House
Photographer citation: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives


Neighboring Counties that may have information

Crook (NW), Deschutes (NW), Grant (N), Lake (S), Malheur (E)

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