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.Arthur BowmanThe 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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  • Lots of local history told and many artifacts of times gone by. I highly recommend it when you're in Prineville.  more »
  • Was not very interesting the young girl at the front desk was very dull. Not much to see They did have some interesting reading material .\ It is free so maybe u will enjoy it!!!  more »
  • This museum is really great. It has doubled since we were last visiting. There is so much about local history. There is a wonderful memorial to the Hot Shot Fire crew that was killed in the 1994 fire....  more »
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  • This is a museum well worth your time! They take great pride in their exhibits and presentation of history about Crook County and the surrounding areas.
  • I always have to stop in when I'm in Prineville. Learn about the fascinating history of Crook County. Range Wars, the founding of Les Schwab Tires, and early day transportation are just some of the many stories you can find here.
  • Took a toddler and an infant with us. There were enough hands on exhibits for the toddler to stay engaged. We learned a lot and enjoyed having an indoor space the toddler could explore before walking down the street to the brewery for lunch.
  • Nice little museum, make time to see it!
  • I love to look at the exhibits but best of all is being able to browse the bookshelves. Alot of reads about Oregon and they stock my fav author, Jane Kirkpatrick! You don't want to miss a field trip led by Steve Lent. The price to belong to the historical society is low and we'll worth it.
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