When I acquired this card I mistakenly assume that Hotel Riley was in the town of Riley which is in Harney County. It didn’t look at all like Harney County, but it was only until now that I found out it is actually in La Pine, Deschutes County. The Riley family built it on the old Pengra-Huntington Road through the town, which was established only the previous summer. Harry Riley was the son of the builder and he was a prolific photographer and had a studio in the building. He took many real photo postcards; only some of them are identified HAR and the image number in the negative, i.e. the photo of George Mayfield and his horse previously posted. He doubtless took this photo as well. The car is probably the 1910 Buick, the first car in La Pine, and owned by Bill Fordham. The auto stage to Crescent/Silver Lake was after 1917, The view looks northwest.
Here is another view of George Mayfield overlooking his ice domain. He apparently had the ice concession for the area which would have included Bend to the north of La Pine. In the summer months ice was mined from the Arnold Ice Cave on the southeast side of Newberry Crater; the cave is on the Horse Ridge system of lava caves.
This is a view of “downtown” La Pine ca. 1911, a year after the town was named.The freighter is heading south, perhaps to the junction to Fort Rock and Lakeview or further down to Klamath Falls. There were at least three photographers recording this area: Bruno Bakowski, HAR (in this card) and whoever recorded the building of the canals (possibly on contract with the builders).
This is George Mayfield in La Pine. He was probably an important player in the building of the canals; but I have not located the source in which he is mentioned, so I shall continue the search and edit this post later. This postcard is part of several by different photographers working in the area documenting what they hoped would be a boom in railroad, agriculture and population. The first two didn’t come, and the last is now beginning to happen a century later!
Here is a splendid view of how the Central Oregon Irrigation canals were made using horse-drawn Fresno graders to heap the pumice soil up into walled mounds on either side of the canal; here the mound on the right is natural from the hillside from which it is being carved. Of the several cards I have of this work none is signed, although there seems to be a definite record of the project. They may have been taken by Bruno Bakowski who was in the area of La Pine and Rosland at the time of construction. This was a huge undertaking, and the only power equipment I can find was used in conjunction with existing water channels such as the Little Deschutes. I hope to research this project at the Oregon Historical Society in January. This particular canal in the La Pine area is probably the W R Lateral Canal which comes from Masten Butte about seven miles southwest of La Pine. The view would probably be 1910.