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Cass A. Cline
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Central Oregon pioneer Cass Cline
Born (1850-08-28)August 28, 1850
Porter County, Indiana
Died July 19, 1926(1926-07-19) (aged 75)
Prineville, Oregon
Nationality American
Occupation Dentist
Known for Namesake landmarks

Cass Adelbert Cline (also known as C. A. Cline) was an American pioneer who was an early settler in central Oregon. Cline’s family moved to Oregon when he was a small child, settling west of the Cascade Mountains near Roseburg, Oregon. As a young man, Cline moved to central Oregon and claimed homestead land along the Deschutes River. He later became a well-known dentist, property developer, and race horse breeder. Today, a waterfall on the Deschutes River and a nearby mountain group bear his name as well as a state park west of Redmond, Oregon.

Early life

Cline was born on 28 August 1850 in Porter County, Indiana. His parents were John Michael Cline and Nancy (Trim) Cline. In 1853, his family left Indiana heading for the Oregon Territory. After arriving in Oregon, the family settled near Roseburg, Oregon.[1][2][3]

In 1871, Cline moved to central Oregon, but later returned to the Willamette Valley. Cline married Nellie Aldrich in 1877. This first marriage ended sometime before 1885. Cline married his second wife, Emily Marchbanks, on 20 November 1885 in Salem, Oregon. At the time of their marriage, he was 35 years old and she was 17. Together, Cline and his second wife had three children, two daughters and a son.[1][4][5]

Central Oregon pioneer

In 1886, Cline moved back to central Oregon. He filed a homestead claimed on land along the west bank of the Deschutes River, adjacent to a 20 feet (6.1 m) waterfall that now bear his name.[1][2] In 1891, Cline opened a dental office in Prineville, Oregon. He specialized in crown and bridge work as well as performing tooth extractions.[6][7][8] He later moved his dental practice to Redmond. Cline practiced dentistry in central Oregon for over 40 years.[1][2][9]

In addition to his dental practice, Cline was active in the land development business. In 1892, he founded the Falls Irrigation Company to help develop the area along the Deschutes River.[10] Over the years, he also acquired and sold large tracks of land in central Oregon.[11][12]

Cline was also a successful and well-known race horses breeder. His best known horse was Barnato. It was born in 1894. It won nine out of nine local races early in his racing career, becoming very well known throughout Oregon. As a three-year-old, Barnato set a course record at a major race in Oakland, California. In 1900, Barnato won first prize at the eastern Oregon thoroughbred show and then won second place in the thoroughbred exhibition at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. That same year, Barnato also won the premier horse race at the state fair.[13][14][15][16]

Town of Cline Falls

In the early years of the twentieth century, the community of Cline Falls was established on property owned by Doctor Cline. The town was located on the west bank of the Deschutes River overlooking a large waterfall. The waterfall and the town were both named after Cline. In 1904, the Cline Falls post office was opened. At its height, the town of Cline Falls had two stores, two hotels, a livery stable, a school, a meat market, and a newspaper. The town site also had several nice homes including one belonging to Cline plus 500 residential lots available for sale. In addition, the town had a power plant that generated electricity by diverting water above the falls to flow through turbines at the bottom of the falls.[2][17][18][19][20]

The town began to decline in 1911 after the area’s first railroad chose a route on the east side of the river running through the neighboring town of Redmond. The Cline Falls post office was closed in 1919.[2][18] By the 1960s, there was nothing left of the Cline Falls community except the abandon power plant.[20] The power plant building was finally demolished in 2015 and the plant’s dam and diversion canal were removed in 2017.[21][22][23]

Later life and legacy

Cline Falls on the Deschutes River

In 1924, Cline was selected for a two-year term as a Deschutes County precinct elections board clerk serving the city of Redmond.[24] In 1926, Cline was re-appointed to the Redmond elections board, this time as board chairman.[25]

Cline died at his daughter’s home in Prineville on 19 July 1926. He was buried at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond, Oregon.[1][2] His wife, Emily, died in Redmond in 1942.[4]

While the town of Cline Falls has disappeared, Cline’s name is still attached to two important geographic features west of Redmond, Oregon. Cline Falls is a waterfall on the Deschutes River and nearby is a mountain group known as Cline Buttes.[2][18] There is also a 9 acres (36,000 m2) state park along the east bank of the Deschutes River just south of the falls called Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint. The park is located on property once owned by Doctor Cline. Today, the park is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.[26][27][28]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Former Resident Dead", News-Review, Roseburg, Oregon, 22 July 1926, p. 2.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Cline Falls", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. 210.
  3. ^ "Cass Adelbert Cline",, Ancestry, Lehi, Utah, accessed 2 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Valley Pioneer Woman Called", Daily Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon, 22 October 1942, p. 2.(subscription required)
  5. ^ list of marriage licenses, Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, 2 December 1885, p. 2.(subscription required)
  6. ^ "Prineville", An Illustrated History of Central Oregon: Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake, and Klamath Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, Washington, 1905, p. 724.
  7. ^ "Dr. C. A Cline, Dentist", Crook County Journal, Prineville, Oregon, 2 January 1901, p. 34.
  8. ^ "C. A. Cline, Dentist", Ochoco Review, Prineville, Oregon, 25 January 1890, p. 1.
  9. ^ "News Briefly Told", Crook County Journal, 30 October 1902, p. 1.
  10. ^ "Will Irrigate", Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, 6 February 1892, p. 4.(subscription required)
  11. ^ "Local Mention", Crook County Journal; Prineville, Oregon, 23 January 1908, p. 3.
  12. ^ Forecast, Prineville Review, Prineville, Oregon, 1 June 1901, p. 2.
  13. ^ "Barnato", Crook County Journal, Prineville, Oregon, 2 January 1901, p. 22.
  14. ^ "Crook County", Albany Democrat, Albany, Oregon, 27 September 1901, p. 7.
  15. ^ "Brevities", Eugene Guard, Eugene, Oregon, 19 September 1900, p. 4.(subscription required)
  16. ^ "Public Auction", Crook County Journal; Prineville, Oregon, 27 September 1917, p. 4.
  17. ^ " Cline Falls", 1901 Annual Number, Crook County Journal; Prineville, Oregon, 2 January 1901, p. 13.
  18. ^ a b c Hole, Leslie Pugmire and Trish Pinkerton, "Building a Community", Images of America: Redmond, Arcadia Publishing, Chicago, Illinois, 2009, p. 28.
  19. ^ "Cline Falls", An Illustrated History of Central Oregon: Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake, and Klamath Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, Washington, 1905, p. 732.
  20. ^ a b Brogan, Phil F., East of the Cascades, Binfords and Mort, Portland, Oregon, 1965, p. 147-148.
  21. ^ Shorack, Ted, "Cline Falls Power Plant awaits historic consideration", The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, 13 January 2015.
  22. ^ Shorack, Ted, "Deschutes River at Cline Falls to flow freely once again", The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, 10 December 2015.
  23. ^ Hamway, Stephen, "Dam removal underway near Redmond - 107-year-old Cline Falls Dam served war effort, a nonexistent town", The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, 2 August 2017.(subscription required)
  24. ^ "Choose Boards for Elections", Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, 3 January 1924, p. 2.(subscription required)
  25. ^ "Election Boards in County Named", Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, 11 January 1926, p. 2.(subscription required)
  26. ^ "Directory of Oregon State Park Areas", Oregon’s Highway Park System 1921-1989: An Administrative History], Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Salem, Oregon, 1992, accessed 3 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint", Oregon State Parks, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Salem, Oregon, accessed 4 March 2018.
  28. ^ Pierce, Eleanor, "Sun, Sweat, Dunk, Repeat", The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, 29 July 2010.

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