A huge welcoming sign, draped in alfalfa, arched over Sixth Street on Railroad Day in 1911. During the ceremonies, Laura Jones, daughter of Mayor H.F. Jones, drove the golden spike. James J. Hill, the victorious railroad builder, delivered a speech. Hill raced Edward Harriman in a bitter two-year battle to see who could first finish the railroad from the Columbia River south to Redmond.

100 years ago

Sept. 15, 1921 — Veterans buy swimming tank and park site

Ray Johnson post American Legion bought a park site and small residence from N.A. Burdick.

The deal was closed by members of the executive committee of the Legion following a meeting of the post at which time it was decided to buy suitable property for the erection of a clubhouse and swimming tank.

With trees and lawn well established the site purchased is among the best in the city.

The site bought is on “B” street near the Catholic Church.

75 years ago

Sept. 19, 1946 — Chest x-ray unit coming: no charge made

All persons in this vicinity are urged to take the free tuberculosis test to be given by the mobile x-ray unit, which will be in Redmond next Wednesday, Sept. 25, says Mrs. Maurice F. Roberts, who is in charge here for the Deschutes County Public Health Association.

The importance of annual chest x-rays for every adult is stressed by health authorities.

50 years ago

Sept. 22, 1971 — Mr. Ed’s Auto Wash operating

Mr. Ed’s Auto Wash is the name of the new car wash on N. Sixth St., although manager Don Grant is awaiting completion of the sign so designating it.

The contemporary rustic structure, surrounded by blacktop parking and travel areas, features a mansard roof finished with shakes.

25 years ago

Sept. 18, 1996 — Skateboarders gather to talk designs, site

Give ‘em a fun box, with curbs. Maybe a half pipe and a good ramp.

That’s all Redmond skateboarders are asking for. They don’t think it seems like too much.

Twenty teen skaters met last week to design a cement park and talk about a location for it. The group remained unorganized until this year when youth pastor Carey Dod of Bethesda Outreach in Powell Butte put his foot on the pavement.

Dod, who has promoted safe, legal skateboarding throughout Central Oregon, turned his attention to Redmond this year. He has gathered a group willing to go to city meetings, draw designs and recruit help.

The city parks department, the city’s Dry Canyon committee, the Redmond School District and Redmond police all have heard from the skateboarders. Dod’s greatest concern is finding an immediate site to get kids off the street and out of trouble.

Teens with boards have said repeatedly they feel singled out by police, although most insist they don’t vandalize. All they want to do is perform their sport.

Dod has offered a temporary solution: The group will be invited to skate on 3,200 square feet of concrete in Powell Butte. Bethesda has completed a recreation area, has insurance approval for skateboarders and plans to offer shuttle service year-round. The skating will be supervised.

“This doesn’t interfere with any other plans,” Dod emphasized.

“Any permanent site in Redmond won’t be open year-round. Besides, we need a local place that kids don’t need to drive to.”


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