What: Frontier Doctor, by Urling Coe. One of my favorite Bend history books—this is more of a narrative than a dry history tome and it’s a fantastic read. Urling Coe came to Bend in 1905 to practice medicine when Bend was still entirely a frontier town, and his experiences and observations over the years that followed as Central Oregon developed are priceless.
For: Anyone interested in Bend history.
Price: $15.95 new – $$
Where: Try the Book Barn first—they have the best selection of local interest/authors that I’ve seen in town.
Trivia: Urling Coe (aside from having an unusual name) also served as one of Bend’s first mayors and co-founded Bend’s first bank.