The Dam Fiasco at Bull Flat

The Dam Fiasco at Bull Flat: A look back at the 1913-1914 Tumalo Project

One hundred years ago, the State of Oregon stepped in to help settlers in the Tumalo area salvage their crushed dreams. A rogue’s gallery of grifters, chiselers, swindlers, and cheats had left hundreds of settlers high and dry. The State’s well-intended plans to bring irrigation to the area went awry. Join Mike Berry for a presentation on the follies and foibles of the Tumalo Project. 


Doors open at 6:30pm. The talk will begin at 7pm.


Sponsored by Central Oregon Nordic Club and the Deschutes Land Trust


About Mike Berry

Mike Berry is an amateur history enthusiast and a professional land surveyor currently serving a 10 to life sentence as the Deschutes County Surveyor. He was born in Camp Zama Japan and grew up in various Army posts throughout the US. In 1975 he and his family returned to Oregon and settled in Bend. In 1977 he graduated from the forest technology program at C.O.C.C. and after a short stint of working on tree planting and gopher killing crews, fell in with a group of even more ill-kempt, whiskey drinking extroverts, found that he enjoyed their company, and has been a land surveyor ever since. Mike’s appreciation of local Central Oregon history began in 1975 when he read Keith Clark’s book about the 1845 Meek Wagon train’s arduous journey through Central Oregon. In the course of researching various survey projects throughout Deschutes County he often finds himself drawn deeper into the backstory of the men and women who walked these same lands generations ago.