Donner und Blitzen River

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  • Info The Donner und Blitzen River is a river on the eastern Oregon high desert which drains a relatively arid basin, the southern portion of Harney Basin, from roughly 20 to 80 miles (30 to 130 km) south-southeast of Burns including Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. more...
  • The historic district covers along both sides of the Donner und Blitzen River.
  • Over time, it became known as the Donner und Blitzen River.
  • The historic district covers, The site is approximately south of Malheur Lake and west of the Donner und Blitzen River.
  • Other streams like the Donner und Blitzen River flow into closed basins, such as Malheur Lake, that have no outlet to the sea.
  • The Donner und Blitzen River was named by soldiers of German origin and translates as "thunder and lightning".
  • It is located about 34 miles south of Burns, on the south shore of Malheur Lake near the Donner und Blitzen River.
  • "Alkali Field is located directly south of Malheur Lake, a few kilometers east of the Donner und Blitzen River."
  • Major Enoch Steen was the first non-native to explore the Donner und Blitzen River area in 1860.
  • Located about southeast of Burns, the lake is fed by the Donner und Blitzen River from the south and the Silvies River from the north.
  • The Donner und Blitzen River flows northward through the middle of the refuge, and is irrigated out to create a large artificial wetland, where once a natural wetland stood.
  • The remaining ranch structures are located on the west bank of the Donner und Blitzen River in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
  • The Chewaucan River, the Donner und Blitzen River, and the Silvies River each flow into some of the high desert's salt lakes.
  • On a reconnaissance expedition from Camp Union, Steen explored the country along the Donner und Blitzen River, south of Harney Lake.
  • The Sod House Ranch served as French's sub-headquarters at the northern end the property near the mouth of the Donner und Blitzen River and along the south shore of Malheur Lake.
  • Major Enoch Steen was the first non-native to explore the Donner und Blitzen River area south of Harney Lake in 1860.
  • With his losses still on his mind he led the rescue party around to the south side of Malheur Lake, and as they were traveling up the muddy Donner und Blitzen River, Clark spotted Indians on the other side.
  • The adjacent Donner und Blitzen River watershed of discharges into Malheur Lake and includes the river portion of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
  • From his base at the P Ranch, French expanded the company's holdings until the ranch extended from the foothills of Steens Mountain along both sides of the Donner und Blitzen River to Malheur Lake, including the entire south shore of the lake.
  • Over the years, French expanded the company's holdings until the ranch extended from the foothills of Steens Mountain along both sides of the Donner und Blitzen River to Malheur Lake, including the Sod House Ranch property running along the south shore of the lake.
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