Tuesday, 12 November 2013
I love the history of Bend, although it is a very young town. 1905.
Logging, timber, tourists and tiny. Central Oregon. High Desert, Mountains, Nature, and Deschutes River, that was then.
Many changes between 1905 and 2013--many.
We moved here in 2001, when the population was 50K.
Now the signs state 80K.
Bend locals are involved with their community, and along with the still active and more active role that tourists play in the growth of Bend, the character of the Bendites remain solid.
In the local newspaper, The Bend Bulletin, Sat. Nov. 9, the front page picture with Russell Abt, owner of Arbor Tree Care is shown shaping up the ponderosa pine that grows through the roof of the Pine Tavern, Bend's oldest restaurant. The eatery has stood on Brooks Avenue since 1936; the tree, more than 150 years. And someone has to take care of the old tree. Parts of the live tree's regular care includes a daily spritzing. Pine Tavern service manager, Julie Halterman, sprays the live tree, 110 feet tall, simulating the moisture the tree would be exposed to in nature,
Those customer who are lucky enough to dine in the garden room can enjoy the two ponderosa pines as part of the ambiance (In addition outside patios with flowers all summer include a special view of Drake Park.
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