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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wheeler County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1879-1987

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 Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Water Right Record [with index], vol. 1, 1914-1973 (1 volume);
[Water Rights Record] 1975-1979 (6 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Water Rights Record Book, vol. 1, 1879-1905 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1879-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Vault:
Drainage Basin #6 [Water Rights Record-includes abstracts of decree, abstracts of permit, applications, certificates, transfers, and related documents], vol. 1, ca.1915-ca.1987 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Decree], 1937 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Court Papers, Notices, Stipulations, Etc.], vol. 1, 1921-1923 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Notices of Contest], vol. 3-4, 1924-1925 (2 volumes);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence State Engineer's Maps], vol. 6, 1923-1927 (12 maps);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Statements and Proofs of Claim], vol. 2, 1924 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Supplemental Findings-Jurisdictional Papers, Deposition of Gail Hathaway, Exceptions, Stipulations, Exhibits], vol. 9, 1929 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Supplemental Findings Transcript of Testimony], vol. 12, 1929 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Transcript of Proceedings on Notice of Hearing], vol. 5, 1925 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Miscellaneous Bridge Creek Water Rights Adjudication Records], 1932-1937 (.25 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Report Bridge Creek Adjudication-Original Evidence], vol. 7, 1925 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Supplemental Report on Duty of Water for Bridge Creek and Tributaries Adjudication-Original Evidence Supplemental Findings], vol. 8, 1932 (1 volume).

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