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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.

441 S. Mill St., Sumpter, OR
South edge of town, on the west side of Hwy 410/Mill St. Turn west onto Austin St. at the brown Sumpter Dredge sign.
Gated after hours. May-Oct. daily 7-7, Sa-Su guided tours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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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