Culture & History / Central Oregon

Kinzua – The Shuttering of a Town

A compilation of news videos (8 minutes) from 1978 discussing the closure of the Kinzua mill and the razing of the town. Super fascinating!

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

A 4-minute video describing what glacial lake outburst floods look like.

A Sisters Murder Mystery

Three Sisters Historical Society & Museum recounts the twists and turns of a 1919 unsolved murder in Sisters. Can you crack the case?

Mosquito Festival

Have you ever driven through Paisley, Oregon and noticed the advertisement for the Paisley Mosquito Festival? Is it really a festival about mosquitos? Today we talk with one of the festival’s organizers, Amy Davis, to learn about a festival that may very well involve mosquitoes. Sure would be fun to polish off the […]

WebCyclery – 25 Years!

WebCyclery, a bike shop in Bend, Oregon is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Let’s catch up with Owner, Kevin Gorman, as he talks about how it all began. What makes WebCyclery different and the story behind moving the shop into a former church. How has his family been involved in building […]

Milky Way Sculpture

The Milky Way is a stainless steel sculpture that is located at Shevlin Park Road and Mt Washington Drive in Bend, Oregon. In this podcast, Pete Stein interviews Devin Field who was the artist behind this fun piece. Listen in as we learn about how the art was commissioned and then how we designed and built this sculpture. Also, The Milky […]

Phoenix Rising or Red Chicken

We all know about the iconic psuedo “Red Chicken” sculpture within the Phil’s Trail System which is a mountain biking area in Bend, Oregon. But … do you know the story of the actual sculpture, the Phoenix Rising, located at Galveston and 14th street? And what’s the connection to the Red Chicken, the mini […]

High on the Desert (Art!)

In this podcast, we talk with John Flemming, who created the High Desert Spiral sculpture located at the intersection of Simpson and Mt Washington just at the entrance to Broken Top in Bend, Oregon. We hear about his inspiration and some of the trials and […]

“Greetings From” Murals … Fun Art Across Central Oregon

The playful, retro “Greetings From” murals across Central Oregon bring back fond memories of the postcards that were a huge hit with tourists in the mid 20th century. These murals are part of the The Central Oregon Mural Trail and are created by Karen Eland and Katie Daisy for […]

The Deschutes Railroad War

Railroad historian and attorney Martin Hansen talks about the race between two railroad barons to build a railroad line through central Oregon.

The Bear of Steel Sculpture

How do you make a 27 foot tall steel bear for the town of Madras, Oregon? Dial in with Chris Buffalo Fulsom who talks about the inspiration for the mother bear with her three cubs. You’ll find this amazing sculpture on Dirty Freehub’s Poke The Bear gravel bike […]

50 Years with Sunnyside Sports

Today we will be talking how Bend, bikes and bike shops have evolved in the last 50 years. Who knows better than Susan Conner who is the owner of Sunnyside Sports here in Bend. This year marks their 50-year anniversary since the shop opened in 1972!

Logging in the Old Mill: Local Cyclist Tells the Story

Bend, now a town of outdoor enthusiasts, microbreweries, and technology, used to be the center of timber production. The Old Mill District was the heart of this activity, with two active mills, one on the east bank of the river and one on the west bank. In the 1950s, over 50 rail cars per day would off-load timber into the river. On […]

Mecca Grade Estate Malt

Today we talk beer, malt, farming and what it looks like when you combine them all in one place. Our guest is Seth Klann who is a master brewer and the owner and operator of Mecca Grade Estate Malt located in Madras, Oregon. (Part of Dirty Freehub‘s Over the Rainbow route.) This podcast was recorded onsite at Mecca Grade Estate Malt in […]

Roundabouts in Bend

In this podcast, we talk with Mike Hollern, the Chairman of the Board for Brooks Resources, about the early days of roundabouts in the city of Bend. Learn about the first roundabout, some of the challenges in building the first, and some of the unique benefits.

History of the Old Mill

Learn about the history of the Old Mill, how it influenced the name of our city and what it looked and felt like when the mills were operating. Joining us is Kelly Cannon Miller, the Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and Vanessa Ivey the Manager of the Deschutes Historical Museum.

History of Drake Park

Learn more about the history of Drake Park!. Joining us today is Kelly Cannon Miller, the Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and Vanessa Ivey the Manager of the Deschutes Historical Museum.

Oldest Structure in Deschutes County

We’re going to learn about the oldest existing structure in Deschutes County and how homesteading impacts us today. Joining us once again is Kelly Cannon Miller, the Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and Vanessa Ivey the Manager of the Deschutes Historical Museum.

Women of Discovery

Hear from the artist Douglas Robertson who created the mural of Women of Discovery near Discovery Park on the west side of Bend, Oregon. What was the inspiration for the piece? How was the work done? Where can you find more of his work.

This mural is the […]