Place:Crook, Oregon, United States

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Crook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,978. The seat is Prineville. It is named after George Crook, a U.S. Army officer who served in the American Civil War and various Indian Wars.

For various statistical purposes, the U.S. federal government has defined Crook County as the Prineville Micropolitan Statistical Area. The micropolitan area is combined with Deschutes County (designated the Bend-Redmond Metropolitan Statistical Area) to form the federally defined Bend-Redmond-Prineville Combined Statistical Area.

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History

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Access into the region at first was difficult, which discouraged settlement. The first effort to develop routes into the area was in 1862 when a supply train with cattle crossed the Scott Trail. This was also the first group of non-natives to spend the winter in central Oregon. The discovery and development of the Santiam Pass in the 1860s improved access into the area.

Crook County was formed from the southern part of Wasco County on October 24, 1882, and established Prineville as the county seat. The voters confirmed the choice of Prineville, the only incorporated town in the county, in the 1884 general election.

Logging in the Ochoco Mountains and the timber mills that accompanied it contributed to the economic and population growth of the county. The first recorded mention of a sawmill was made by George Barnes, speaking about the Swartz sawmill on Mill Creek, circa 1867.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1864 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1882 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1882 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1882 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1882 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1907 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1890 3,244
1900 3,964
1910 9,315
1920 3,424
1930 3,336
1940 5,533
1950 8,991
1960 9,430
1970 9,985
1980 13,091
1990 14,111

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External links

www.co.crook.or.us


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