Century Farms & Century Ranches
The Century Farm & Ranch Program has its roots in the Statehood Centennial Celebration. Started on the eve of the celebration in 1958, the program was created to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. This program recognizes Oregon’s rich agricultural heritage and has registered over 920 properties over the past 40 years.
All applications are added to the Oregon Historical Library (OHS) and can provide valuable information about settlement patterns, livestock and crop choices, building design, and family history. Successful applicants receive a special certificate signed by the Governor of Oregon and OHS dignitaries.
1999 was the first year that “Century Ranches” were recognized. It is a great pleasure to note that among the first of the ranches to be designated as a Century Ranch in 1999 is the Jack Johnson Ranch– in Weston!
The Sesquicentennial Award program was initiated in 2008 in honor of Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration. There is a lot of history behind the farms and ranches, the families that have worked the farms and ranches for the past 100 years and how they arrived in Umatilla County. If you have a “Century Farm” or a “Century Ranch” that you would like to add to this site, please contact us.