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 Posted: Mon Feb 10th, 2014 06:13 am
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A few years ago we went for a hike up into the Opal Creek Wilderness Area,
in the Cascade Mts near Salem, Oregon.

It's a great hike, an easy day hike following a gated old logging/mining road.

One main feature of the hike is to see the old growth forest,
but there was plenty of evidence logging and mining activity in years past.

I have put some photos here so you guys can see some of the surprises I found there. 

Dennis


First here's the mining equipment:


















































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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2014 05:21 am
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Great old mining equipment there.

Is that an abandoned site, or what?





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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2014 07:21 am
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Hi Ray,

From their website,
 
"Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center maintains and stewards Jawbone Flats,
a rejuvenated historic mining town in the heart of the 35,000-acre ancient forest watershed,
of the Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area."

http://www.opalcreek.org/

It's a wilderness education site now,
with a lot of this kind of old equipment and machinery laying around.

The first set of photos showed the mining stuff.
There is a small town called Jawbone Flats which was the mining camp from the 30s.
(Yes, I signed up for Freerails shortly after my visit.)
They mined gold, lead, zinc, copper and silver.

Here's a second set of photos that show some of the remnants of the sawmill.
It's a couple of miles away from the town.
I read that the logging company gave up on the site because the terrain was too steep,
and they had lost some trucks into the canyon (maybe true; impressive canyon).

Somehow this valley escaped serious logging,
and there are many stands of giant old-growth trees remaining.

Dennis aka JawboneFlats

















































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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2014 11:35 pm
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Hi Dennis

Some really great old stuff there Dennis.

A lot of old mining and logging sites here, are no longer unfortunately

Dennis

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2014 03:26 pm
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Herb Kephart
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I loved stumbling across stuff like that,

out in the middle of downtown nowhere,

back when I used to take walks.


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What a superb collection of photographs.

Many thanks Dennis.

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If I could find old stuff like that around here,
then I would be out in the woods...stumbling.

Please continue with the photos!

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Hello Dennis

Really interesting collection of mining photos

Nice to see the details

Great truck

Rob


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