Redmond became a town in 1910 after Oregon had been a state for nearly 50 years. A family by the name of Redmond pitched their tent in 1906 near the area that would later retain their namesake. Built from agricultural roots, the Oregon Trunk Line Railroad opened new markets for merchants and farmers, building the population. In the 1940s, Redmond was selected as an Air Force Base. After WWII, commercial service was established at Roberts Field. In recent years, the population has grown by nearly 75 percent, fueled by employment, low cost of living and the phenomenal quality of life.
Outdoor enthusiasts have found their wonderland in Central Oregon. Boasting over 2.5 million acres of public land and open space, enthusiasts of all levels can enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting in the Deschutes River or rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park. Approximately 30 miles from Redmond, both Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo Ski Area offer some of the finest trails for skiers and snowboarders. World-class fly fishing is available in one of the 500 miles of streams and 150 lakes as well as camping in one of the five state parks. If spending a day on the green is more your speed, take in a game of golf on one of the 25 courses in the area. The overall mild climate and average of 300 days of sunshine a year provides for the recreation paradise. For local fun, Redmond maintains 17 public parks for a weekend picnic, bike ride or afternoon fishing.
The nearby Smith Rock State Park is in the high desert near Terrebonne. The park encompasses 651 acres, hovering around 3,000 feet in elevation. The sheer cliffs of compressed volcanic ash are ideal for rock climbing of several difficulty levels. Considered the birthplace of sport climbing, Smith Rock is host to nearly 1500 routes, reaching a height of up to 550 feet. If hiking is more your style, you can pick from a gentle stroll along the river or a half-day trail.
Just west of Redmond sits the charming city of Sisters. Pine Forests, the Cascades, rivers and lakes are prominent in this little city in western Deschutes County. Once a lumber producing town, Sisters is now known as the Gateway to the Cascades. The downtown area is recognized as a unique place to shop, providing specialty shops, galleries and restaurants. It is also host to the world?s largest outdoor quilt show every July. Sisters offers rodeos, mountain climbing, fly fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, rafting, skiing or snowmobiling for outdoor fun. For an escape to the Wild West, Sisters is the annual site of the PRCA sanctioned Sisters Rodeo.
Neighboring Powell Butte is just a ten minute drive east out of Redmond and is technically a part of Crook County. An unincorporated community, Powell Butte is located on Oregon Route 126 and is home to the Powell Butte Community Charter School, which serves students in grades K-8. The community is served by the Crook County Fire & Rescue team. Like Redmond, the community is driven by agriculture, livestock, manufacturing, tourism, construction and forest products.
Whether it's the diverse recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful weather, Redmond and surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The continued growth comes from a community that is proud of the continuing accomplishments that are making Redmond an increasingly desirable place to live, work and raise a family.
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