Know Heritage - Camp Abbot
Monday, May 21
Explore Camp Abbot's heritage.
Today Sunriver is an idyllic community, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the western-
most engineer replacement training center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mimicking the European
landscape, the surrounding terrain and the swift-flowing Deschutes River was deemed perfect for training
90,000 young soldiers how to build and demolish bridges.
Freelance writer and local historian Tor Hanson is passionate about history, especially Central Oregon's
history. He is a board member of the Deschutes Historical Society and the editor of the society's monthly
newsletter, The Homesteader. He has also presented three History Pubs: The Prohibition in Bend; The
Great Depression in Bend; and The Nordeen Legacy.