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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1859-1985

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 Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificates of Water Rights, vol. 1-2, 1914-1963 (2 volumes);
Liens and Mining and Water Claims [Record], vol. A, 1859-1892 (1 volume);
Mining and Water Claims [Record], vol. B, 1891-1948 (1 volume);
Mining Claims Index [and Water Rights-indexes volume C], 1948-1985 (1 volume);
Mining Water [Records-includes mostly notices], 1892-1909 (.35 cu.ft.);
Mining Water Rights Related [Records-includes mostly water rights cancellations], 1906-1964 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Locked Cabinets:
Book B Mining and Water Claims [Index], 1891-1948 (1 volume);
Cancellation of Water Rights, 1977-1978 (.10 cu.ft.);
Deschutes River and Tributaries Findings and Order of Determination [Water Rights], 1926 (1 volume);
Deschutes River Basin Policy Statement [Water Rights], 1962 (.05 cu.ft.);
Fifteen Mile Creek Original Evidence, vol. 1-2, 4-6, 1921-1922 (5 volumes);
John Day River and its Tributaries Findings and Order of Determination [Water Rights], 1930 (1 volume);
L.C.Lyda vs. State Engineer [Water Rights Court Records for Fifteen Mile Creek], 1924-1978 (.20 cu.ft.);
Map of Fifteen Mile Creek [Water Rights-serves as vol. 3 of original evidence adjudication survey], 1921 (12 maps);
Map of Irrigated Lands [Fifteen Mile Creek Court Record], no. 2993, n.d. (1 map);
Mill Creek Findings and Order of Determination [Water Rights], 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
Mill Creek Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law [Water Rights], 1924 (.05 cu.ft.);
Mill Creek Map [Water Rights], 1921 (4 maps);
Mill Creek Original Evidence [Water Rights], vol. 1-3, 5, 1923 (4 volumes);
Modified Findings and Order of Determination [Fifteen Mile Creek Water Rights], 1922 (1 volume);
Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Mill Creek [Court Records], no. 3155, 1923-1924 (.10 cu.ft.);
Report on the Water Supply for Lands Served by the Wapinitia Water Company, 1935 (1 volume);
State Engineer Maps White River Adjudication, 1918 (10 maps);
Transcript of Proceedings L.C. Lyda [Water Rights], 1966 (1 volume);
Water Rights of Chenoweth Creek [Court Records], 1927-1928 (.25 cu.ft.);
Water Rights of Mosier Creek [Court Records], 1927-1928 (.30 cu.ft.);
Water Rights of Three Mile Creek [Court Records], 1927-1928 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Water Surface Profile Strip Map], 1931 (1 map);
White River Appeal from Circuit Court [Supreme Court Transcript on Appeal-Water Rights], vol. 15, 1923-1935 (1 volume);
White River Original Evidence [Water Rights], vol. 1-10, ca.1907-1922 (10 volumes);
White River Original Evidence [Water Rights], vol II, 1929-1931 (1 volume);
White River [Water Rights Court Records], 1923-1979 (.25 cu.ft.);
White River Water Rights [Court Records], 1979-1981 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Mortgage & Deed Books [Water and Mining Claims], vol. B, 1891-1948 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Vault A:
Water Rights [Records-Circuit Court], ca.1959-ca.1966 (.75 cu.ft.).

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