Life on the Dry Side

Culture, Curiosity and Character
about the Oregon East of the Cascade Mountian Range

  Thirteen miles south of The Dalles on U.S. 197, Dufur is a farming community of about 600 people.

Originally called Fifteenmile Crossing, the town was founded in 1878  was named for the DuFour family, who emigrated from France and settled in Wasco County in 1872.

The community grew, with early enterprises focused on stock raising and sawmills. Before long the hills were covered with wheat fields.


You can learn all about this at the Historical Society, a partially open-air museum that sports a blacksmith shop, saddle shop, vintage farm equipment and recreations of early pioneer life.


It's a geat place to learn about history and ranks as one of the best I've seen. Admission is by donation and there is always a volunteer to make you welcome.


Inside a vintage log cabin you will find more examples of early pioneering life, and find out more about the  festivals for some great photo-ops.

The What the Festival that happens the 3rd weekend of June is rated as "One of the top 25 music festivals"  and the Vintage Dufer Days happens on the second full weekend of August.