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Apr 26, 2015 - Sumpter Gold Mining

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...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Sumpter Valley Railroad

Today we took a ride on the Sumpter Valley Railroad, it is located 23 miles southwest of Baker City on Oregon Highway 7. Just for your info: The excursion train only runs on week-ends & certain holidays. FROM PAMPHLET: The colorful history of the Sumpter Valley Railroad begins in 1890, when construction of the narrow gauge steam powered line began in Baker City. Built mainly to haul timber the tracks reached McEwen in 1892 & the gold mining town of Sumpter in 1896. At its heigth the mainline stretched over 80 miles to prairie City, & the...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Sumpter & the Sumpter Valley Dredge

Pete came up with the idea of taking in the Sumpter Valley Dredge, one of the largest gold dredges in the United States. I was not sure what to expect, in fact we were both surprised by the monstrous size of it. The Dredge "stacker" left rocks in its wake, known as "tailers". The dredge floated in about 9 ft. of water, it could move anywhere it wanted because it took its pond with it....how you ask ? The dredge dug a pond for itself as it moved to float in, scooping material in front & filling in behind. In operation from 1912 to 1954,...

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Aug 22, 2011 - A short but AWESOME weekend!

Our youngest daughter Nicole and her family along with 2 of the grand kids' friends drove to the campground from Bothell, WA for a weekend camp out and visiting. While the visit was much too short, we are grateful that they made the 400 mile trek to spend the weekend. What fun we had. The kids got to go swimming in the lake all 3 days which of course they loved. We took them gold panning (no luck), huckleberry picking (good luck)and for a ride on the Sumpter Valley Narrow Gauge Railway from McEwen to Sumpter. The railroad was created in the...

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Sep 9, 2008 - In Search of Gold

Throughout our six months of travel, mining and timber have played a big part in the building and demise of many towns we passed across the northwest. We’ve been amazed at the ingenuity of people to get to these natural resources. Roads and towns built in areas which are difficult to pass today by car never mind in the late 1800s or early 1900s! Our latest visit to the Sumpter Valley Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon was another example of the quest to pull gold from the hills. The 1200 ton, 52 foot wide, five-story dredge sits silent today but you...

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