Sherman County Historical Society and Museum
Open Daily 10 until 5 May through October
Some Interesting Things About Sherman County, Oregon.
  • Our first Euro-American settler, William Graham, in 1858, was our first tourism professional, our first innkeeper.
  • The town site of Grant, between Rufus and Biggs Junction on the Columbia River, burned to the ground in 1883, was rebuilt only to wash away in a Columbia River flood in June 1894. 
  • A steam tug, The Nellie, was built for use on the Columbia River in 1883.
  • Farmers contracted with Hatfield, the Rainmaker, to produce rain for the crops in 1907.
  • Farmers continue to produce wheat with an average of 11 inches of rain per year.
  • Sherman County citizens built cabins at Camp Sherman, Oregon in 1916.
  • The Oregon Wheat Growers League, a self-help group, was formed in Moro in 1926.


"Sherman County is surrounded on three sides by rivers but must rely on a moisture saving farming system called summerfallow for wheat production. The year the land is not in crop it is plowed in the spring and cultivated during the normal summer growing season to control weeds and preserve moisture. It is then seeded in September or October to a wheat or barley crop which will be harvested the following year. It is easy to observe that approximately half the land is fallow and half is in crop. Much of the crop land in the southern portion of he county is seeded to grass. That grass is part of a national farm program known as the Conservation Reserve Program, controlling erosion, adding humus to the soil and helping to reduce grain surpluses."
Paulen Kaseberg

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