Facts About Bend
The name “Bend” was derived from “Farewell Bend”, the designation used by early pioneers to refer to the location along the Deschutes River where the town was eventually platted, one of the few fordable points along the river.
The elevation of Bend is 3,623 feet, above sea level.
The city has a total area of 33.27 square miles, of which 33.01 square miles is land and 0.26 square miles is water.
Bend was incorporated as a city in 1905.
Bend sits on the boundary of the Eastern Cascades Slopes and Foothills, a Level III ecoregion designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington, and California, and the Deschutes River Valley, a Level IV ecoregion within the Blue Mountains Level III ecoregion
Bend is twinned with the following sister cities: Fujioka Town, Toyota City, Aichi, Japan; Condega, Nicaragua; Muzaffarabad, Pakistan & Belluno, Veneto, Italy.
Bend is Central Oregon’s largest city and, despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area.
Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in the state of Oregan, the total Clear days average 158 days per year with an additional 105 days that are mostly sunny.
The settlement was originally called “Farewell Bend”, which was later shortened to “Bend” by the U.S. Postal Service.
Amelia Earhart, the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, married her publicist, George Palmer Putnam, of Putnam & Sons Publishing, Putnam lived in Bend.