High Desert Dreams:
The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin
May 12, 2018 through October 14, 2018
During the first two decades of the 20th century, hundreds of homesteads and a dozen small towns sprang up amidst the sagebrush in Oregon’s Fort Rock and Christmas Lake valleys during the last great land rush of the American West. But the settlers’ dreams of carving out a livelihood on their own piece of the western frontier were done in by the harsh realities of the unforgiving high desert climate. Within a span of 15 years, the towns had emptied, schoolhouses boarded up, and abandoned cabins littered the landscape. Photographer Rich Bergeman shares the largely forgotten story of the homestead years through his own photographs of the vanishing evidence that remains, one hundred years later.
With support from James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation