Sumpter Valley Railroad Hiking Trail
Dixie Pass interpretive site
When lumbermen decided to venture into these vast ponderosa pine forests, plans were set in motion to build a railroad to haul logs to a sawmill in Baker City. How exciting it must have been when the first 22 miles of track were placed, running through the mountains to McEwen. By 1910 the rails reached all the way to Prairie City, covering more than 80 miles. The railroad hauled logs, livestock, people, and other freight.
The story of the "Stump Dodger", as this railroad was nicknamed, is one of dreams, fortunes gained and lost, and one of people using what is around them to live their lives. That story continues today.
Remnant of that rail line are tucked away, only a few yards from where you stand now. Take a step back in time along this barrier free, 1/2 mile loop trail and discover the Sumpter Valley Railway
Erected by Malheur National Forest.
Location. 44° 32.071′ N, 118° 36.525′ W. Marker is near Prairie
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oxbow Conservation Area (approx. 8.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This is the introductory marker for an interpretive hiking trail with several additional markers along the route.
Regarding Sumpter Valley Railroad Hiking Trail. A virtual tour of this interpretive site with additional photographs and historic information is posted on the Malheur National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd511773.pdf
Additional keywords. Logging history, Journey Through Time State Byway, Blue Mountains, Oregon history
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 16, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.