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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.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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  • This museum is well worth your time to visit. We used to live in Prineville, so it was gratifying to return and visit this jewel in Crook County.  more »
  • Museums, are sometimes nothing more than a small collection of memorabilia that someone put together, not Bowman Museum. We were presently surprised by the amount of history within this brick building...  more »
  • What a great collection of items. Everything was load out in a logical manner. The grandkids even enjoyed being here! That's for being free! !  more »
  • Amazing museum to spend a bit of time looking around. The also hold events at the museum sometimes.
  • We decided to visit because of a rainy day during our camping trip. We definitely would have missed out if it weren't for the rain! Lots of cool stuff and the bank vault was my favorite.
  • Great local museum! Exceeded our expectations. Indians, settlers, cattle ranching, Logging, and who knew Les Schwab got his start here?! We had fun and learned alot.
  • Old West history at its best. Worth the trip back in time.