Martin Winch enjoys the stories that locate us in a context of landscape and ideas. A native Oregonian, he is the great-great-great grandson of Marguerite Wadin McKay and John McLoughlin and his grandfather was the nephew of Simeon G. Reed. He has lived on both sides of the Cascades. He has published Biography of a Place: Passages through a Central Oregon Meadow (Bend: Deschutes County Historical Society, 2006), "Tumalo - Thirsty Land," originally published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly 85: 341; 86: 47, 153, 269 and 371; 87: 21) and available in hardcover and JSTOR, and with Thomas Vaughan, “Joseph Gervais: A Familiar Mystery Man” (Oregon Historical Quarterly 64: 331).
Camp Polk and Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
Camp Polk, a 151-acre meadow along Whychus Creek four miles downstream from Sisters, has been the site of centuries of human activity. The meadow is also notable for its biological diversity. Chinookan, Sahaptin, Northern Paiute, and Molala peoples used the meadow as part of their seasonal harvest rounds. Deer and …
Laidlaw, now called Tumalo, is an unincorporated town on the Deschutes River seven miles west of Bend. Tumalo is also the name of the surrounding area and a local creek that supplies irrigation water. The name Tumalo derives from a Klamath reference to memorable associations with Tumalo Creek: tumallowa (icy water), temolo …
Tumalo Irrigation District
The Tumalo Irrigation District delivers water from Tumalo Creek, supplemented by storage at Crescent Lake, through 140 miles of pipeline, canals, and ditches. Approximately 635 landowners use the water to irrigate 7,314 acres west of the Deschutes River. The water rights have priorities of 1900 through 1913. Sixteen miles from …