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Sumpter Municipal Museum and Library (built 1899)
Dredge Superintendent's House (1st and 2nd dredges, which operated 1913-1924, built 1903, register of National Historic Places 2005)
Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration (establ. Dec 1970)
Sumpter Valley Dredge (3rd dredge, operated 1935-1954)
City Hall


Several of the buildings shown below are part of the self-guided Walking Tour of Historic Sumpter.

Sumpter Municipal Museum and Library,
built 1899

 

 

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Dredge Superintendent's
House, built c. 1913
 



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State Heritage Area
 and Sumpter Depot for Sumpter Valley Railroad. In Dec 1970, some private citizens decided they wanted an historic steam railroad running in Sumpter Valley. They formed the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration (SVRR), and the first equipment from the original Sumpter Valley Railway (founded in 1890) returned to Sumpter Valley in 1971.
 


     

June 2011
(postcards available from Soda Mountain)


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Sumpter Valley Dredge
and the Seasons:  The Sumpter Valley Dredge, third one to operate in our valley, was active in Sumpter Valley from 1935-1954, removing $4.5 million of gold at $35/oz. In 1992, the non-profit group Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge was founded in anticipation of supporting Oregon State Parks’ purchase and restoration, which began in 1993.

   

(postcards available from Soda Mountain)

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Sumpter City Halls The brick building to the left was the Basche Hardware building, built 1899, until the 1917 fire. The blackened bricks are what remained after that August day. The City of Sumpter rebuilt the building and used it as City Hall from the 20s until the 70s. The wooden building on the right contains the fire station and new City Hall. Both buildings have seen many Christmas programs and community potlucks.  


(postcard available from Soda Mountain)



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