Sumpter in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Golden History
Sumpter Valley Dredge
There are many ways to learn about the dredge and the people who worked it, from tours to trails to train rides. Feel free to explore! Check out the visitor center for more information about the dredge and park activities. Visit the depot for a schedule of train rides and events.
All that glitters is not gold. The shiny flecks you see on the river bottom are mica that has been washed down from the spring floods. Real gold is harder to find. Learn more about gold panning in the visitor center.
Where did all the piles of rock come from? The dredge "stacker" left these rocks, called tailings, in its wake as it moved through the valley. Learn more by taking a tour or reading the interpretive panels along the dredge loop trail.
Erected by Oregon State Parks.
Location. 44° 44.643′ N, 118° 12.217′ W. Marker is in Sumpter, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is on Austin Street 0.1 miles west of Mill Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sumpter OR 97877, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other A Working Dredge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Floating in its own pond (about 600 feet away); Anchoring the Dredge (about 600 feet away); A Tale of the Tailings (about 700 feet away); Site of Bank of Sumpter (approx. 0.2 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is at the entrance to the park and provides general orientation information. It is located adjacent to the historic depot for the Sumpter Valley Railroad.
Also see . . . Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area. The Sumpter Valley Dredge is nestled at the base of the majestic granite peaks of the Elkhorn Mountain Range. The Powder River is born deep within the range and picks up speed as it spills down the Sumpter Valley, traveling through the park before reaching Phillips Reservoir. (Submitted on August 12, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.