A good place to begin your travels in Ochoco country is at the A. R. Bowman Museum (246 N. Main St., 541/447-3715, www.bowmanmuseum.org , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun. summer, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 11 p.m.–4 p.m. Sat. winter). This museum’s two floors of exhibits and displays are a notch above most small-town historical museums.
Fans of the Old West will enjoy the tack room with saddles, halters, and woolly chaps. Rock hounds will be delighted with the displays of Blue Mountain picture jasper, thunder eggs, and fossils.
Other classic displays include a moonshine still, a country store, an upstairs parlor of the early 1900s, and a campfire setup with a graniteware coffee pot and a pound of Bull Durham tobacco.