Sumpter valley Dredge

Oregon Parks Foundation

The Sumpter Valley gold dredge operated from 1915 until 1954. It transformed more than 2,000 acres of the fertile Sumpter Valley into piles of gravel, channelized the Powder River, introduced mercury into the soil, and extracted about $180 million in gold, at present prices, in return. Baker County is presently evaluating a proposal to re-mine the 900 acres of county property that is in dredge tailings. This image was shot prior to complete restoration of the dredge as part of Sumpter Dredge State park.

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