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High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin

Photographs by Rich Bergeman

Thursday, December 8, 2016 8:00 AM - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:00 PM

Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman takes a photographic look back in time to Oregon's homestead era in an exhibit at the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis. 

          “High Desert Dreams:  The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin” chronicles a nearly forgotten chapter in Oregon history, when hundreds of pioneers flooded the high desert in the early 1900s, only to abandon their homesteads within a decade, leaving the landscape littered with deserted cabins, idle windmills and hollowed-out towns.

          Over the decades since then, nearly all evidence of that era has gradually disappeared.  Enough remnants remain into the 21st century, however, to allow Bergeman to bring the story back to life through more than 30 black-and-white images of decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and high desert geology. 

Memorial Union (campus map)
26th & SW Jefferson St.
Susan Bourque
susan.bourque at oregonstate.edu
Stdnt Leadershp & Involv
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