Located in the southeastern corner of Oregon, Harney County covers approximately 10,600 square miles and supports a population of just over 7,000 residents. The topography of the land has shaped the identity of the county as well as the character of the people who chose to make their livelihood here. Harney's vast and rugged landscape spans from the snow-swept summit of Steens Mountain to the green-forested slopes of the Ochoco and Malheur National Forests; from the lush valleys of the Blitzen, Silvies, and Malheur Rivers to the sagebrush- and juniper-dotted plains of the high desert. The geographic isolation of the county fostered a sense of independence among the early settlers as well as a great sense of community.
Author: Karen Nitz, Harney County Library Claire McGill Luce Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC) Published: 02/09/2009 Pages: 128 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.83lbs Size: 9.10h x 6.40w x 0.50d ISBN: 9780738559223
About the Author Nitz, Karen: - Author Karen Nitz, archivist at the Claire McGill Luce Western History Room housed within the Harney County Library, combines a lifelong interest in photography and local history to portray early life in one of the West s final frontiers. She has selected images from the combined collections of the Western History Room, the Harney County Library, the Harney County Historical Society, and private collections throughout the county to illustrate the trials and triumphs of life in the high desert.