To the Editor:
We would like to add our voices to those asking to continue public access to the only trail that leads to the falls of the Wallowa River. In 1939, when I was 9 months old, my parents took me up the trail to the falls while they were attending the Methodist Camp. At that time, the access to the falls was on land owned by PP&L. In the early 1920’s, the Methodists had purchased 110 acres just to the North of the land owned by PP&L. I have gone nearly every year of my life to the falls.
In 1947, the Boy Scouts purchased the land from PP&L, and allowed the public access to view the falls. If there was a Boy Scout camp in session, they would place a sign on the gate and people would not enter until the camp was over.
My family purchased a cabin in the Methodist Church Camp area in 1954. We have stayed at the lake every summer since that time. We used to walk to the falls every day, and my children and grandchildren have done the same. Over the years, there have been thousands of people who walk by our cabin on their way to the falls. Many of these people had returned to see the falls, many were new visitors who heard about the falls. They come from the state camp ground, cabins, and other places to stay while visiting the Lake.
We appreciate the vision and hard work of Ken Coreson and his Board of Directors for “Creating Memories.” We understand that the camp will have its first guest in the near future. However, for us, this beautiful place is Holy Ground, and we believe God created it for all to enjoy. Consequently, we are requesting that the Board of Directors continue the tradition of allowing the public access to the falls when camp is not in session.
Edsel and Patricia White