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Crawford Ranch

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The John Crawford House (bobcat)
The Crawford family cemetery (bobcat)
Hay mower, Crawford Ranch (bobcat)


The complex of buildings here is the heart of the Dalles Mountain Ranch, originally the Crawford Ranch (1878-1935). William N. Crawford and his wife, Julia, from Ohio, were the original settlers. They filed a homestead claim in 1877 and built the old barn and corral south of the road in 1878. They came with two sons and a daughter and later had two more children. William Crawford and three of his children are buried in a family cemetery here.

At the junction with the Stacker Butte Road, there’s the ranch welcome sign, a wagon placed there by the last owners, the Bleakneys (1975-1993). It was the Bleakneys who renamed the property the Dalles Mountain Ranch. The 1905 John Crawford House is above the road. Eightmile Creek, east of the house, is densely wooded here with white poplars and bitter cherry bushes, all hiding a collapsing chicken coop. The pond provided water for an orchard of apples, apricots, and peaches.

Above the cemetery is an outdoor museum displaying old farm equipment. Please obey all signs and keep out of buildings.



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