CENTRAL OREGON View from the Middle
by Christine Barnes

From The Statesman Journal Review: "Central Oregon: View from the Middle is a standout in nearly every respect. To begin with, the photographs are masterful…and Barnes hasn't written a typically lightweight travel volume. She has chosen instead to produce an informative work on the area designed for the average reader. This book is a treasure for the armchair traveler and for those who have no idea how different Central Oregon is from the Willamette Valley. Central Oregon: View from the Middle is a good deal more than a picture book or a pitch for tourism. It's an experience in and of itself."
Dan Hays, The Statesman Journal

There are moments in Central Oregon that simply make you stop. Pull the car over to the side of the road or come to a warbling halt on your bicycle. You stop because the setting is simply so overwhelming that you have to take a long hard look, then count your lucky stars that you’re here.

And that may be the beauty in the beauty. People remember to stop and appreciate what is around them. They listen for the sounds of spring and fall or the feel of winter. They soak in the sun and worship the snow.

They are here, smack in the middle of the state, east of the Cascade Range in a region that’s largest city, Bend, was once dubbed by Oregon’s Gov. Neil Goldschmidt as being in: "The middle of nowhere."

But "nowhere" is definitely "somewhere". Central Oregon encompasses three counties (Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook), five cities (Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Madras and Prineville), another handful of towns, portions of the Cascade Range, seven rivers, fifteen good-sized lakes and four reservoirs. There are close to 170,000 residents, and 3.5 million tourists think they’ve discovered it each year.

Hardcover $22.95 US
Central Oregon: View from the Middle lets you in on this special place with chapters that cover the history, geology, towns, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, recreation, destination resorts, love of llamas, growth, development and the people who make this high desert oasis unique.

View from the Middle

Author: Christine Barnes
Format: 112pages, full color
Illustrations: 92 color photographs bythe region's premiere photographers
Publisher: American & World Geographic, (1996),
ISBN: 1-56037-087-4

Softcover $17.95 US.

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