▶️ Little Did I Know: Kirtsis Swim Tank

It was where Central Oregonians came to relax, have fun and forget about their troubles during much of the depression.

And yet, all there is today to remember it by is a plaque along the Deschutes River and some soot that still stains the rocks.

It’s the Kirtsis Swim Tank.

Never heard of it? Well, neither had we.

So it seemed like a perfect thing to check out for this week’s edition of Little Did I Know.

Miss an episode? Catch up at the link below.

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▶️ Little Did I Know: Oregon’s Blue Basin

Many of us have heard of the Painted Hills located east of Madras and known as one of the seven wonders of Oregon.

But not as many people have heard of the similarly beautiful Blue Basin, located 45 minutes east of the Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Meteorologist Scott Elnes takes us to the Blue Basin in this week’s episode of his series, “Little Did I Know.”

You can find more episodes of “Little Did I Know” with Scott Elnes here.

▶️ Little Did I Know: The myth of Mercury in retrograde

You’ve probably heard people lamenting that their lives seem out of control because of Mercury being in “retrograde.”

That’s right – people who follow astrology closely believe that the movement of the planet named after the messenger of the gods can be disruptive to our lives and particularly our communications.

But did you know Mercury actually does not retrograde? That is, reverse course?

In this week’s edition of Little Did I Know, we’ll find out that some folks seem to be blaming our problems on an optical illusion.

Check out more of Scott’s series by clicking the link below:

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▶️ Little Did I Know: The Wiest House

There was a time when all that existed out on Third Street in Bend was a large, stone home built by Levi Wiest.

He was one of the first settlers in Bend in the early 20th Century.

One of Levi’s descendants sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Scott Elnes recently to share stories and some photos from the past in this week’s edition of “Little Did I Know.”

 

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 3

For the past few weeks, Central Oregon Daily’s Scott Elnes has been sharing the story of the man Billy Chinook – also known by his native name Guygo.

In this final chapter, Scott takes us to the lake itself for a look at some things you may not know about one of Oregon’s most famous aquatic destinations.

Previous Coverage:

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 1

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 2

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 2

Many of you may be familiar with “The Oregon Trail”, either from history or through the infamous video game.

But did you know that the leader of the expedition that mapped it was named John Fremont?

Even further, did you know he had a young native teenager with him on his expeditions named Billy Chinook?

Yep, Billy Chinook played a pivotal role in the history of Central Oregon.

In episode one we told you a little-known legend about Billy’s lineage and how a smallpox outbreak almost kept him from being born.

This week, Central Oregon Daily’s Scott Elnes tells us more about teenage Billy’s eagerness to join the expedition to map a path out west.

 

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 1

Many of you may be familiar with “The Oregon Trail”, either from history or through the infamous video game.

But did you know that the leader of the expedition that mapped it was named John Fremont?

Even further, did you know he had a young native teenager with him on his expeditions named Billy Chinook?

Yep, Billy Chinook was a real man who played a pivotal role in the history of Central Oregon.

Tonight, Central Oregon Daily’s Scott Elnes begins a series of stories introducing us to the “Legend of Guygo,” whom we have come to know as Billy Chinook.

 

 

▶️ Little Did I Know: Art’s secret family

If you’ve come through downtown Bend in the past few decades, you’ve probably seen the statue known as “The Traveler” but affectionately called “Art” at the corner of Franklin & Wall.

But did you know that Art is actually married and has a child?

It’s the work of local photographer and curator of the “I Love Bend, OR” Facebook community, Jill Rosell.

In this edition of “Little Did I Know”, Meteorologist Scott Elnes sheds light on one of Bend’s most secret stories.

▶️ Little Did I Know: Seattle comedy legend reflects on St. Francis schooling

Before it was a McMenamins, the St. Francis School taught kids from Central Oregon for nearly 70 years.

Central Oregon Daily News Meteorologist Scott Elnes sits down with one of the school’s more famous attendees, Pat Cashman, to get some reflections and a tour.

Pat was a star of the show Almost Live that was featured on Comedy Central and featured other stars like Bill Nye The Science Guy and Joel McHale.

The Cashman family first came to Central Oregon back in 1911 and at one time had 25 family members pass through the school.