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Hells Canyon

(nr Homestead OR) The Snake River in Hells Canyon was calling. I had heard that America’s deepest river gorge was spectacular. So, I rushed to see it because the road into the forest was closing for construction. The view to see was supposed to be at Hells Canyon Dam. It was late in the evening, […]

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Oregon Trail

Some family history… My great uncle, wife and two young sons came across the Oregon Trail (then called the Emigrant Road) in 1847. Another one of their seven sons was born along the trail somewhere in Nebraska. Their descendants are now spread all across Oregon and Washington. (Baker City OR) I visited the National Oregon […]

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Sumpter Gold

(Sumpter OR) Gold and silver was discovered in Oregon in the 1860s. This resulted in numerous overnight boom towns that flourished and then disappeared when the mines played out. However, some of those towns survived, and Sumpter was one of them. It started with an accidental discovery by two miners headed elsewhere who tried their […]

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