The mystery of the tilted mudbank in the mirror pond just off the bandstand shore, thought by some local residents to have been caused by an earthquake, was solved today, following an examination from a boat. The river current undermined the mudbank near the eastern shore of the river. The overhanging bank finally collapsed, leaving a portion of its edge sticking above the water.
A belief was first held that the “Queen of the Deschutes” had gone aground on the submerged mudflat, plowing up the mud. Navigators denied this reflection on their ability to maneuver the showboat up and down the main channel.
When the mudbank collapsed, it left a yawning fissure, and this led to the guess that some sort of local earthquake was responsible.
Source: The Bend Bulletin ©1936