Sumpter, Oregon: The Sumpter Dredge

In the 1930s the Sumpter Dredge, which resembles a riverboat, ate its way across Oregon, chewing up the landscape in a search for gold. It stopped forever here.
Address:
Austin St., Sumpter, OR
Directions:
South edge of town, on the west side of Hwy 410/Mill St. Turn west onto Austin St. at the brown Sumpter Dredge sign.
Hours:
Daily May-Oct. (Call to verify)
Phone:
541-894-2486
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Sumpter Valley Dredge State Historic Area

A former gold mine boom town, Sumpter is the site of a fully restored gold dredge and an operational narrow-gauge railway. The gold dredge and The Sumpter Valley Railway are part of the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Historic Area. Very unusual and worth the drive in eastern Oregon.

[Don Hoover, 03/17/2017]

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