Culver City Hall

200 First Ave.

Culver, OR  97734


Phone:  (541) 546-6494

Fax: (541) 546-3624

e-mail: [email protected]


History of Culver

OLD CULVER TO NEW CULVER researched and submitted by Sandra Ihrig
Culver pioneer George Osborn (1852-1941) born in Missouri, first came to Central Oregon with his new wife and lived in The Cove area with his father-in-law, Green ‘Clark’ Rogers and helped him clear the land. Then after two years George and Ella settled in a valley later named after George called George Osborne Canyon, that was located in an area dubbed as ‘Yamhill Flats’ which was named after a group of early settlers who came to settle on the land on the south side of Juniper Butte. The name of Yamhill Flats came about because the early settlers to this part of Central Oregon were friends who came to Oregon and settled first in Yamhill County, Oregon. The friendships of these early settlers dated back to in Tennessee when these people were neighbors. During a visit to Sheridan, Oregon George Osborn met and married Martha Ellen Rogers (Ella) on November 7, 1877. Ella was the daughter of Green Clark Rogers (1825-1891) and Mary Jane Nelson (1831-1876) who came to Oregon on the 1845 wagon train. Ella was born in a log cabin December 9, 1858 on what is now Linfield College. Her grandmother’s sister Margaret ‘Polly’ Crawford married Neal Gilliam for whom Gilliam County was named. The newly married couple, George and Ella, lived at first with Clark Rogers for two years in the area Clark Rogers named ‘The Cove’ now known as the Cove Palisades Park. Clark Rogers traveled to The Dalles and brought back fruit trees and planted them in The Cove. This was only after they cut down the 8-10 foot wild rye grass that was full of rattlesnakes and built his home. They all worked very hard to clear the land. The fruit trees flourished and fruit along with other produce was taken to Prineville to sell. Locals also bought and canned this produce. The lumber to build the Roger’s house came from Grizzly Mill and had to lowered down the canyon by ropes as did other things like the cook stoves etc. It is well to remember that when Grandview, Geneva, The Cove, Haystack, Perryville, Opal City and other settlements that no longer exist, were founded in a time when the weather was warm, the rainfall was more generous and the pioneer settlers were blessed with some mild winters. The settlers were able to grow some warm weather crops successfully like watermelon and cantaloupe not usually suited to the Lower Desert climate. This weather pattern held for about 15-20 years. Later the desert became hotter, rainfall was less and severe winters cycled into the weather patterns. The Cove orchards were later covered by water after the Round Butte Damfinished construction in 1965.

Interesting facts about Culver:

Culver is a great place to live, work and play.

Culver cost of living is 9.41% Lower than the U.S. average.

Culver public schools spend $5,735 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is 
$6,058. There are about 19 students per teacher in Culver.

City Demographics:

85.02% of people are white, 0.19% are black, 0.24% are asian, 1.79% are native american, and 13.05% claim 'Other'.

City of Culver Climate:

Culver, gets 10 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 16 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 67.

On average, there are 148 sunny days per year in Culver, OR. The July high is around 84 degrees. The January low is 22. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 69 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.


39.96% of the people in Culver are registered as Democrats. 58.68% are registered Republican. 
The remaining are independent: 1.36%.

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