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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wallowa County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1873-1980

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Adjudication Survey Wallowa River and Its Tributaries-Water Rights Maps-rolled], 1914 (ca.30 maps);
Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-3, 1915-1980 (3 volumes);
[Certificates of Water Rights-title varies-with index], vol. 1-3, 1915-1980 (.50 inch microfilm jackets);
Decree Tributaries to Grande Ronde River [Water Rights Adjudication Records], 1915-1917 (2 volumes);
Imnaha River Original Evidence [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], vol. 1-3, 1929-1930 (3 volumes);
In Re: Wallowa River Contest Testimony [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], 1916-1917 (2 volumes);
In Re: Wallowa River Miscellaneous Papers [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], 1931 (1 volume);
In Re: Wallowa River Statements and Proofs [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], 1915 (5 volumes);
[In Re: Wallowa River-Transcripts-Water Rights Adjudication Records], 1917 (1 volume);
[In Re: Wallowa River-Water Rights Adjudication Records-includes statements and proofs, testimony, and miscellaneous papers], vol. 1-8, ca.1915-1931 (1.50 inches of microfilm jackets);
Irrigation Ditch Corporation Papers, 1917-1925 (.10 cu.ft.);
Matters Relating to Water Rights [Certificate of Water Right], 1918-1921 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. A, 1878-1918 (1 volume);
Review Report on Columbia River and Tributaries Middle Snake River Basin, 1953 (2 volumes);
Water Rights Alder Slope Ditch Co., 1921 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Notices], 1888-1903 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Basement Elections Storage Room:
Water Certificates [In Re: Wallowa River-Water Rights Adjudication Records-includes statements and proofs, testimony, and miscellaneous papers], vol. 1-8, ca.1915-1931 (1 binder of microfiche);
Water Certificates, vol. 1, 1915-ca.1942 (20 sheets of microfiche).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Adjudication Survey of Imnaha River [Water Rights-with index], 1927 (19 maps);
Review Report on Columbia River and Tributaries Middle Snake River Basin, 1953 (2 volumes);
[Water Rights Ownership Map], 1873-1915 (1 map).

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