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Fossil is located in Wheeler County (of which is the county seat), northeast of Bend, between Spray and Condon along Hwy 218, at the junction of Hwy 19.

This community was named by Thomas B. Hoover, who discovered fossil remains on his ranch. Paleontologist Thomas Condon also discovered the remains of a saber-toothed tiger near here. The town was incorporated in 1891, with Mr. Hoover as mayor, and W. W. Steiwer, B. Kelsay, P. Potterton, and C. W. Halsey as councilmen. In 1889, the Fossil Water Company was formed. With the sale of $15,000 worth of bonds, in 1900 the gravity system of water-which is still in operation today-was installed.

Popular attractions in the area include: Fossil Museum & Pine Creek Schoolhouse, Asher Car Museum, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Pederson’s Museum, High School Fossil Beds, Pine Creek School House and Murder Mystery Weekend.


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History Pine Creek School House |
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John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival Burns OR April11-14 Enjoy witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds, from waterfowl and songbirds to raptors and cranes.
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
Gorge Blues and Brews Festival Stevenson WA June21-22 Fine collection of local craft brews and local wines, a multitude of phenomenal foods, and great blues music, while benefiting local charities in the Columbia Gorge.
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival Stevenson WA June25-28 Amazing talent, workshops, instrument contests and raffle, fine craft and food vendors, a merry beer garden, and nightly dances.
Huckleberry Festival Bingen WA September6-8 Music, parade, kids games, entertainment.