Old Mill District

The story of the Old Mill District began almost 100 years ago when two sawmills opened on the Deschutes River.  Today, with the lumber business long gone, the same site is a full-scale mixed-use complex that boasts a carefully restored riverbank and preserved mill buildings (including three landmark smokestacks). The blending of history, present and future is one of the most appealing things about the Old Mill District. Trails wind throughout the district that highlight the area’s natural features, and are lined by signage commemorating individuals who have played a role in the area’s history. Interpretive signage is being added that uses images from historical archives and tells the story of the mills. The Old Mill District is once again a powerhouse, employing 2,500+ people and drawing thousands of visitors to its shops, galleries, restaurants and events annually.

  • Visitor center
  • ADA accessible
  • Interpretive signage
  • Located on both public and private land

Local Visionaries

The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of Local Visionaries. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme:

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