Bowman Museum, Prineville

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The A. R. Bowman Memorial Museum is a local history museum in Prineville, Oregon, United States. Opened in 1971, the museum is housed in the old Crook County Bank Building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is run by the Crook County Historical Society and highlights the history of Crook County and central Oregon. Its collection includes many original pioneer artifacts, a large railroad exhibit, ranching and timber industry displays, furniture, garments, and historic photographs. The museum also has a research library.
The museum is named after Arthur Ray Bowman, a Prineville businessman and civic leader. Bowman was born in Kansas and came to Prineville in 1910 after receiving a law degree from the University of Washington. He established a successful title and insurance company in Prineville the county seat of Crook County. Bowman was active in civic affairs throughout his life. He served as the County Judge for Crook County from 1936 to 1942. He also helped establish the Ochoco Irrigation District and the Prineville Airport. Bowman helped bring U.S. Highway 26 through Crook County. He was particularly interested in the construction of the Prineville Dam on the Crooked River. Because of his dedication to the project, the dam was renamed the Arthur R. Bowman Dam in his honor. He died in 1970, leaving a legacy of business success and civic responsibility.
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  • The train car next to museum, its a car that most museums don't show, its where the train staff sleep and have their personal gear. The museum has lots of information about the area. Les Schwabb...  more »
  • Local history. Quick walk thru will give you an inside into the settling of and culture of central Oregon. Sheep wars, woodland fire fighting, old time history, even a caboose to crawl thru. We have.....  more »
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  • My nephew and I had a good time. Very interesting. Great way to learn more about our county. There was so much to see we could only see about 65 - 75% of the exhibits but will return shortly to finish our tour.
  • Great local museum in Prineville, Oregon. Lots to see and lots of interesting displays. Upstairs exhibits too. Old bank vault with safe. Guns, clothing, old photos, books, documents, old tools, lots of history. Interesting layout with false store fronts. Meeting room available for special events. Fill out the Request Form. An interesting destination in small town Oregon!

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