This is a Bruno Bakowski photo of the J. N. Masten Lumber Company mill at La Pine; actually La Pine wasn’t established until 1910, and the mill predates that by some time. The area was then called Rosland which was on the shallow area of the Deschutes River just above Pringle Falls. Bakowski came from Eastern Oregon and settled in Bend about 1910, when he began using Oregon Art Company which gradually supplanted his name.He was a contemporary of the other great Central Oregon postcard photographer Ole Hedlund of Madras, and their work sometimes overlapped.
This is the view of the log bridge over the Deschutes River at Rosland. The people on the bridge are probably men from the J. N. Masten Lumber Company; one of their log loading areas from the river was immediately to the right in the photo. Pringle Falls is to the left, and the river loses its tranquil nature from that point on. Serious timber was on the west bank behind the camera, and lesser lodge pole pine in the forest beyond. I will soon post some cards showing the actual operations of the J. N. Masten Lumber operation.
This is an example of the Deschutes in the area of the J. N. Masten Lumber Company. Rosland was on the Pengra Ranch, and it was replaced by the establishment of La Pine in 1910. La Pine was established further east in anticipation of the railroad which reached Bend in October, 1911; but it was not to be for La Pine, as the railroad didn’t arrive until 1931. La Pine did find itself on the Pengra-Huntington Stage Road from Bend to Klamath Falls with a branch just south of present day La Pine to Fort Rock and Lakeview. The stage road later became the Dalles-California Highway and eventually Oregon Highway 97. The name La Pine is commonly stated as being a reflection of the vast amount of pine trees native to the area; the word in French for pine tree is, however, actually Le Pin; La Pine is actually the penis. The founders evidently didn’t do well in first year French, although I have never seen this mentioned anywhere.
This is a view of the Central Oregon Irrigation Canal in the La Pine area of Deschutes County. The view shows an area in which pumice is prevalent which resulted in this rather clean cutting. Much of the area north and east had significant lava formation and some required flumes. Areas like this were graded out in either direction, then the berm graded back in to form the banks, although in this view it appears to have been dug. All digging was by hand and horse-drawn Fresno graders.
Here is another of what I am calling the “Fallgetter Fallacy.” The photo is actually an Ole Hedlund photo, but Mr. Fallgetter was a Mr. Gogetter and, as i mentioned in a previous post, he was probably cashing in on the railroad day celebrations as the Oregon Trunk Ry. drew closer to Redmond. In this version he has penned his attribution on a piece of paper and photographed the original with his attribution laid over the original. In the previous post Mr. Fallgetter actually had the text set in metal printing type and printed letterpress on a small slip of paper and placed over the original attribution of the real photographer, Ole Hedlund.