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Mirror Pond: History and Future?

Spencer Dahl

Bend Brand


I am a native Central Oregonian and an OSU graduate. My company, BendNet, brought commercial internet to Central Oregon in the 1990s and we were an early developer in social networking, what I called “electronic communities.” I am a self-described local historian and have named myself successor to Dutch Stover’s title of “Mr. Bend.” I have two daughters, one is a junior at U of O and the other is a sophomore at Summit High School.

“Bend will have electric lights in the near future. A. M. Drake has fully decided to put in a dam and power plant and will supply the town with the long desired electric system.” The decision was made to dam the river and bring power to Bend. That dam would hold back the waters of the Deschutes River to form a body of water that would come to be called Mirror Pond. Learn about the design, construction and history of the dam and the side effect it formed. Hear how Mirror Pond has been used over the last 100 years and how the buildup of silt has changed it. Then, I will highlight the options currently being discussed for Mirror Pond and tell you about one you’ve probably never heard about.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

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