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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. To visit Bowman Museum and get the most from your holiday in Prineville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Prineville trip itinerary maker website.
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  • The docent was sweet and the place Way exceeds expectations so much more than meets the eye. Railcar. Upstairs. Logging exhibit. You will be impressed. You could probably come back numerous times.....  more
    The docent was sweet and the place Way exceeds expectations so much more than meets the eye. Railcar. Upstairs. Logging exhibit. You will be impressed. You could probably come back numerous times.....  more »
  • Love these local museums that tell the history of the region. Interesting story behind Prineville, with the famous Les Scwab tire guy getting his start here. Great collection of photos, artifacts... 
    Love these local museums that tell the history of the region. Interesting story behind Prineville, with the famous Les Scwab tire guy getting his start here. Great collection of photos, artifacts...  more »
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  • Great little museum if you are interested in Prineville and Crook County history. There is a lot of information to take in and I didn't manage to read everything. Be sure to budget at least a couple of hours if you want to immerse yourself in the exhibits. If you just want to look without reading, you can probably do so within half an hour, but why?
  • It has interesting displays of history of banking, timber and sawmills, ranching, railroading, Les Schwab tires and Native Americans. It also has a great selection of books for sale on historical and regional history.

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