Sumpter Valley Dredge
Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area hosts 80,000 visitors each year and is a popular Baker County destination for the 1/3 of Oregon tourists who include heritage sites in their vacation plans.
Visitors to the dredge will soon be able to experience the original communication system used by dredge workers. This is thanks, in part, to an $8,000 grant from Trust Management Services. The bell system allowed dredge workers to communicate crucial messages over the enormous noise of the earth-moving dredge. These messages were necessary to ensure safety and prevent accidents or damage to the dredge. Over time the bell system had deteriorated and was no longer operational, but restoration work is underway! Soon park visitors will be able to enjoy an even more realistic glimpse of the historical story the dredge tells.
The Oregon State Parks Foundation also helped raise funds to restore the lighting of the dredge in an historically accurate fashion and add interpretive themes to this fascinating site.
For information about visiting the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, click here.