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The railroad depot at Prineville Junction was destined for a burn-down fire exercise in 1996 when Dave Manning learned of the “shameful” fate of the structure and placed a bid for $11, which was higher than one other bidder. The depot was dismantled and rebuilt as a private residence near Tetherow Crossing.

100 years ago

Nov. 17, 1921 — City water mains to be supplied from reservoir

So rapidly has work progressed on the city water system contract that Redmond will be no longer dependent on the irrigation canal after next week, according to James Hanley, who is in charge of the Inland Construction Company’s work.

Hanley said the water was turned into the new pipeline for the first time yesterday through use of the old pump. The new pump will be installed later. The water will be shut off in but one main at a time so that no part of the city will be long without water, Hanley said.

75 years ago

Nov. 21, 1946 — Tite Knot taps vast new supply

A supply of timber adding an estimated two years or more to the Tite Knot mill company’s production schedule was obtained Monday when the company was announced as successful bidder on 75 million board feet of ponderosa pine timber in the Metolius River area of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

The timber, whish is roughly the equivalent of 3,000 car loads of lumber, can be logged the year around once a six-mile stretch of road is built into it, according to Phil Dahl.

Dahl is associated with Sam Johnson in management and operation of the Tite Knot mill.

50 years ago

Nov. 24, 1971 — Prineville Junction depot lumber heads to new home

“It’s almost robbery,” declared Dave Manning as he admired choice pieces of lumber in the old railroad depot at Prineville Junction he purchased for $11. Among the outstanding building material bargains are 3x12-inch floor beams, destined for ceiling beams; 12x12-inch beams, oak flooring and 1x10-inch tongue and groove knotty pine.

Manning and his wife, Diane, are old hands at rough-lumber decorating, having finished the interior of a school bus with boards from an old hay rack. For the planned home near Tetherow Bridge, however, they will call on an architect friend in Portland for a design in keeping with the material available.

25 years ago

Nov. 20, 1996 — Larger air tankers on horizon

The air tanker center in Redmond could be upgraded to accommodate larger planes in the future for use in fighting forest fires.

A study completed for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management recommends upgrading the Redmond site and four other tanker bases in Oregon and Washington.

The study also recommends closing a tanker reloading facility in Lakeview and two bases in Washington at Omak and Everett. The study recommends further analysis of a tanker base in Medford before making a decision on its future.

There are 95 air tanker bases in operation nationwide, and the study recommends closing 11, relocating three others and building two new bases, one in Moses Lake, Wash.

The study estimates the federal agencies would save $12 million by making the suggested changes, and the increased cost effectiveness of air tanker operations would not compromise the ability to support firefighting efforts.

Upgrading tanker bases like the one at Redmond would accommodate larger, faster C-130 cargo planes capable of carrying 5,000-pound loads of fire retardant. The older, smaller C-130 planes currently in use can carry loads of 3,000 pounds.

 

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