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Sheepshooters' War

Sheepshooters' War
Slaughtered sheep near Willow Creek, Oregon, in 1904.
Date 1895–1906
Location Oregon, USA
Deaths ~3[1]

The Sheepshooters '​ War was an gunfights or related incidents.[1][2]

The war

Since the cattle industry arrived first in Oregon, the cattlemen, or [5]

Usually the sheepshooters would launch a surprise attack on a camp, capture the herders, and then shoot or club all of the sheep. Often the herders were beaten, but occasionally there were small shootouts. According to William R. Racy, a rancher interviewed by author Richard Negri, he met an old sheepherder who was the victor of one of the gunfights, though the story has not been confirmed.[2][6]

William R. Racy said the following:

The conflict didn't reach its height until after the turn of the century and most of the violence occurred in the [7][8][9]

The war ended in the latter half of 1906, when the [5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Engeman, Richard H. (2009). The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane. Timber Press.  
  2. ^ a b Cole, Leslie; Jim Yuskavitch; James Yuskavitch (2002). Insiders' Guide to Bend and Central Oregon, 2nd. Globe Pequot.  
  3. ^ a b c "Fueds & Range Wars - Sheepmen vs. Cattlemen". Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sheep Wars: Information at". Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bowman Museum - Crook County History - Time Capsule Stories". Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Negri, Richard (2008). Tales of Canyonland Cowboys. Applewood Books.  
  7. ^ "Oregon History Project". Ward Tonsfeldt & Paul G. Claeyssens. 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Madras Pioneer - Madraa, Oregon". Finn J.D. John. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Tupper, Melany (2010). The Sandy Knoll Murder, Legacy of the Sheepshooters. Central Oregon Books LLC.  
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