Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes County Records Inventory

Road and Bridge Records


Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

The fee-based subscriber version of the Local Area Virtual Atlas (LAVA) includes GIS map layers documenting traffic light, milepost, bridge, road tax district, and other road-related information. The Legacy Roads application includes historical names, right-of-way widths, establishment dates, visual representations, and related records about Deschutes County roads. The searchable On-Line Road Maps application includes urban and rural series road maps. County commissioners journal information related to road establishments from circa 1879 to the present is included on a searchable computer database available in the Deschutes County Road Department, Engineering Office. Road jacket (case file) and road vacation information are also indexed on a searchable computer database available in the engineering office.

Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Front Vault:
County Road Files [includes petitions, orders, resolutions, viewer's reports, dedications, maps, rights-of-way, correspondence, and related records], ca.1900-present (60 cu.ft.);
Deschutes County Official Road Maps, 1999 (1 volume);
Road Vacations [Alphabetical List], 1999 (1 binder);
Road Vacations [Case Files], ca.1951-present (14 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Engineering Vault:
Bridges [Plans and Maps], ca.1970-present (ca.250 maps and drawings);
Burned Records of Road Department [includes petitions, orders, notices, and reports-with index], ca.1920-1941 (1.50 cu.ft.);
[Crook County Road Jackets-Case Files-includes road surveys, petitions, reports, notices, orders, and related records], 1892-1916 (2 cu.ft.);
Deschutes County Roads Formerly Crook County Roads [consists of photocopies of road jackets-includes petitions, reports, notices, orders, and related records], vol. 1-4, 1892-1916 (4 binders);
Linen Tracings [includes road survey maps, field notes, orders, and related records-photocopies], 1917-present (6 binders);
[Miscellaneous Road Survey Field Books-includes some bridge information], ca.1950-ca.1977 (22 volumes);
[Miscellaneous Rolled and Flat Maps and Plans-includes roads, highways, cities, vicinities, subdivisions, schools, courthouse, buildings, fairgrounds, railroads, districts, gravel pits, topographical maps, etc.], ca.1919-present (ca.1500 maps and drawings);
Old Road Numbers These Correspond to Gould's Road Index #s [Road Number List-includes other road related information], ca.1878-1951 (1 binder);
[Road Card Index-indexes road field books, road record, and road maps], ca.1877-ca.1995 (.30 cu.ft.);
[Crook County Road Record-includes petitions, orders, and surveys-photocopies in orange binder], 1877-1898 (1 volume);
ROR [Record of Roads-includes petitions, orders, and resolutions-photocopies-with index], vol. 1, 1919-1922 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Engineering Office:
Deeds & Easement Public & Private [Road-includes related correspondence], ca.1963-present (7 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Surveyor's Office:
Road List [Deschutes County], 1994 (1 binder); 1998 (1 binder).

Records at the Deschutes County Community Development Building, Second Floor Planning Division Office:
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes zoning, districts, comprehensive plan, flood plain, flood insurance, transportation, and topographical], ca.1957-present (ca.300 maps).

Records at the Deschutes County Archives:
Record of Roads [includes road establishment orders and resolutions-road no. 1 to 40-with index], vol. 1, 1920-1922 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes Historical Center, Room 311:
City of Bend Maps [includes streets, subdivisions, irrigated lands, zoning, historical district, etc.], 1904-present (ca.50 maps);
City of Redmond Maps [includes streets, fire insurance, truck route, and pedestrian], 1909-present (ca.100 maps);
County Maps [Deschutes County Official Road Maps], 1999 (1 volume);
County Maps [includes zoning, highway, Metsker, fire district], 1917-2002 (ca.25 maps);
Large Rolled Maps [includes historical sites, cities, railroad, timber land, zoning, forest, road, school district], 1915-1991 (25 maps).

Records at the Bend Public Library:
Deschutes County Road List, 1988 (1 volume); 1990 (1 volume);
Deschutes County Transportation System Plan [Ordinance no. 98.044], 1998 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Web Site:
Deschutes County Bridge Maps, 2010 (Internet);
Deschutes County Road Atlas [PDF], 2010 (Internet);
Road Reports [includes segments, mileposts, average daily traffic counts, and other reports], n.d.-present (Internet).

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