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Market Roads in Bend….a trip through time?


What are “Market” roads and why are there so many in Bend??


Cars zip by our office, as the door to the patio stands cracked open.  The combination of fresh air, a quiet office, mountain views and slowly melting snow all come together and create a feeling akin to that of a mother for her child. It makes me happy inside.

About 30 years ago I was spending the day “yard saling” with a close friend, in the downtown Bend area.  They’d just remodeled the home, and in the walls,  they’d found old Newspapers from Shaniko circa 1880 something….  I bought one for twenty-five cents.  Pristine condition.  I had it preserved and framed.  It’s still a favorite piece in my “local” collection.

In it they talk about wheels on wagons being broken; a family was stuck out in the cold overnight for several nights until they were found.

Thinking on this, and today’s #BendJOY project text, I couldn’t help but look deeper into the “Market” roads of Bend.

Closing my eyes, I can block out the sounds of the cars out the doorway…. Skip forward to the early 1900’s.  Skinny tires on old cars… the whole family piled in to go to town for Church, or to market…  I can imagine this area living hard.  Dairies and farms eeking out a living.  Getting their goods to a central locale, like Bend, depended much upon weather, and road conditions.

Sure— we still “deal” with weather and roads…. But we’re cozy and warm inside a car, leather & heated seats.  I start my car long before I go out to get in it each morning.  I can do this from my bedroom with the press of a button in my key fob.

What my great grandfather would say of this… thinking back to when we were riding in the old Model A as kids, it was a novelty as an antique.  That horn that went A–oooohhhh-gah….  In his day, it was progression!

100 years ago, Central Oregon had no luxuries like we do now.  The closest thing to it was the Market Road Act of 1919.  Market roads would be constructed to enable farmers, ranchers, fisherman, dairyman and families from across the region to come together in town– Bend.

These roads were paved and maintained; the large wheel-breaking rocks brought up from the frost each year, poking up through the “roads” were soon to be a memory.  Ranch Roads and Market Roads connected rural areas to Bend, and progression started in earnest.


A one-time road tax was levied and the first Market Road, Shevlin Park Market Road was surveyed by 1920.  Yes this was our first “Market”road.  It connected Bend to the Tumalo fish hatchery.

By 1931 Central Oregon had 51 Market roads and $368,238 had been spent to wash the memory of rocks in the road…. To the wayside.

It would be another 50+ years before Central Oregon would see the “boom” of growth, but these market and ranch roads were the precursor for the extensive road system we have today.

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Laura Blossey
With an impressive business career under her belt, Laura is a valuable asset to Cascade Sotheby's International Realty and clients alike. After earning her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and M.B.A. from the University of Iowa, Laura managed nationwide business units for Arthur Andersen, a former "Big 5" accounting firm, and then was hired by a global software company to forge a national alliance with the executives at Deloitte & Touche. The experiences were invaluable for learning the delicate art of negotiation, the importance of strong presentation and communication skills, and the necessity of accountability and thorough follow-up.

More recently, Laura developed a pro forma-based marketing program and sold large quantity import goods to clients based on forecasted profits, thus speaking to clients' bottom line, not her own. With this scale of alliance building and developing sophisticated sales and marketing plans, it's no wonder that Laura can put the biggest deals together in real estate.

Natalie Vandenborn
Prior to her real estate career, Natalie practiced respiratory therapy with an emphasis on Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care and Critical Care Transport for 20 years. This experience prepared her well for a successful and rewarding real estate career. There are so many similarities and acquired skills that have allowed her to be excel in both careers.

A strong sense of doing what is right and putting her clients first, Natalie has unwavering dedication, compassion, open communication and strong negotiation skills. She will ensure your real estate transaction will be a positive one. Buyers and sellers alike receive the exceptional service they deserve and want. For the last three years she has specialized in new construction and loves every minute of it!

Personal Interests
Laura enjoys many of the things that make Bend an amazing place to live: trail running, mountain biking, alpine skiing, snow shoeing, reading, cooking/ entertaining and raising her twin children and 2 dogs together with her husband.

Natalie loves calling Bend home. She shares her life with husband, Doug, daughter Taylor, son Jesse and likes running, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, golf, cross country and downhill skiing. Natalie will share her passion for the area she lives, works and plays in.
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