|According to Oregon Geographic Names, 6th Edition by Lewis L.
About 1862, Joseph Sherar was leading a party to the gold strike in Canyon City. One of the party was a German beker. While he was camped shortly after crossing the Deschutes, local Indians drove off his horses but left him with his supplies. He constructed a rough stone and clay bakeoven and made bread which he sold to miners and prospectors on their way to the mines. The old oven remained for many years even after the original owner abandoned it.The postoffice at Bake Oven was established Dec. 1, 1875.