Blue River in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Fittin’ Tribute
When Dee Wright began work in 1910, he did not know where 24 years in the Forest Service would take him. Packing supplies for fire camps, work crews and lookouts; locating part of the Pacific Crest trail; and stories around the campfire all found a place in his work life. In 1933, as Civilian Conservation Corps foreman, Dee began installation of a viewfinder amid the jagged lava fields atop McKenzie Pass. His death in the spring of 1934 prompted the observatory to be named as a memorial to Dee and the 24 years he devoted to the Forest Service.
From the observatory, you may catch a glimpse of Dee Wright's spirit, for scattered among the Cascade peaks lie his ashes. They rest nestled in the dreams of mountains and the promises of the future.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 44° 15.638′ N, 121° 48.093′ W. Marker is in Blue River, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from McKenzie Highway (Oregon Route 242) 22 miles east of Oregon Route 126, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located just west of the Dee Wright Observatory, along the trail leading from the parking lot to the observatory. Marker is in this post office area: Blue River OR 97413, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Wisely Reasoned (here, next to this marker); Dee Wright Observatory (a few steps from this marker); Old Wagon Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Mailman (approx. 2 miles away); Scott Road (approx. 5.1 miles away); Time Traveler (approx. 13.9 miles away); The Life of a Lake (approx. 14 miles away).
Also see . . . Dee Wright Observatory.
The observatory was designed by William N. Parke, and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp F-23 of Company 927, during the Great Depression. The circular tower was named as a memorial to Dee Wright, an employee of the Forest Service, a long-time packer, and Conservation Corps foreman. (Submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5. submitted on February 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.