by: File Photo - Author Steve Lent

   Two hundred vintage photos are featured in the new book "Madras," by Prineville author and historian Steve Lent.
   Lent will hold a booksigning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Hometown Drug in Madras.
   Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and those who already have one are welcome to come meet the author and get their book signed.
   The pictorial history shows how the cattle and sheep grazing area originally known as "The Basin" became settled by homesteaders in the late 1880s.
   The town of Madras was incorporated on March 2, 1910, and became a commercial center with the arrival of railroads in 1911, earning it the nickname "Gateway to Central Oregon."
   Photographs shows how the arrival of irrigation water from the Deschutes River by means of the North Unit Project in 1946, led to the arrival of many young farming families, which kicked off a new era in Madras.
   Highlights of "Madras" include rare photos of the town and the surrounding vicinity, views of horse-drawn stages and freight wagons, and pictures of early settlers, ranches and farms.
   With a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oregon, Lent, 62, worked in wildland fire management for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, before retiring in 2002 and becoming the assistant director of the Bowman Museum in Prineville.
   His other publications include, "Central Oregon Place Names, Vol. Two: Jefferson County," "Central Oregon Place Names, Vol. One: Crook County," and the photo book "Prineville" published, as was "Madras," in the Images of America series through Arcadia Publishing.
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