Nancy Ward Zopf grew up on a ranch near Boyd, Oregon, on land settled by the Wards in 1859. She returned to Wasco County in 1996 and began writing. Her books include A Road, a Railroad, and a Country Store: The Story of Boyd, Oregon (2001), Damascus, Oregon: The Place of a New Beginning (2003), God's Footstool: Dufur, Oregon (2005), Dallesport, Washington: The Paris of the West (2006), and Hospitals of The Dalles (2009). The Wards have been active in the Wasco County Pioneer Association since 1922. Nancy wrote a history of that organization and was its historian. She passed away in September 2023.
City of Boyd
What remains of the town of Boyd can be seen by driving south from The Dalles nine-and-a-half miles on U.S. 197. The few homes, some outbuildings, and an abandoned grain elevator are reminders of the once-vital community of 150 to 200 people. By 1854, Daniel Bolton had settled in the …
Dufur, located thirteen miles south of The Dalles on U.S. 197, is a farming community of about 600 people. The name was originally Fifteenmile Crossing, but with the establishment of a post office in 1878, the name was changed to Dufur. The town was named for the DuFour family, who …