On the Road with the Kidds! travel blog

The Elkhorn Mountains

A nie drive along the Elkhorn Scenic Highway

We saw this herd of elk just as it was running into...

Downtown Sumpter Oregon

Wall mural at Sumpter

Hunks of rusty mining iron. Mike says "Isn't this cool? " :-)

More iron

A big crane.

Mike would have liked to take this one home!

Old wooden gold dredge

Mining spoils


We visited the town of Sumpter Oregon. This is a town that advertises itself as having a population of 190 very nice people and one old grouch. We did not meet the grouch. There are a ton of trails here into the wilderness. We saw many people riding four wheelers and in the winter they are snowmobile trails.

There is an old wooden gold dredge there, which was used during the Oregon gold rush. The dredge worked from 1913 to 1953 and dug up over $4 million worth of gold, when it was only $35 per ounce. We also found an outdoor mining museum that had a lot of big bits of rusty iron that Mike had fun looking at. Most of the town was closed though since we are a little early for the tourist season, but we did have a nice spot for lunch.

For the night we stayed at a campground on a reservoir at Richland Oregon. Nice and quiet. Sticky had a great swim at the boat ramp.



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