Topic ID #32954 - posted 6/19/2014 1:29 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Crooked Creek Historic Lumber Mill Site Excavation, Fremont-Winema NF, OR

Jennifer Palmer

Fremont-Winema NF
New! Crooked Creek Historic Lumber Mill Site Excavation

July 21-25, 2014

Must commit to a minimum of 3 days

Join us this summer for a glimpse into Oregon's historic logging heritage! The first big 'timber sale' on the Fremont National Forest was documented in the early 20th-century (ca. 1925). The logging set-up included a mill camp for the loggers, millers, and their families; a corduroy road (a type of road made by placing sand-covered logs perpendicular to the direction of a path or through-way as an improvement over impassable mud, dirt, water, or bog); and one of the area's first complete and functional sawmills. The mill, which was in operation from 1925-1930, used a combination of steam and electricity and had the capacity to process 60,000 board feet daily. It was owned and managed by Henry C. Davis who, to take advantage of trucks for hauling, built a road from Highway 395 up into the canyon to the mill site, eventually ending at the logging camp on Big Cove Creek.

Not much is left of the original logging camp save for dumps and scattered historic artifacts, and only the foundations of the mill remain. During this PIT project, volunteers and Forest staff will conduct subsurface investigations in and around the mill site. We'll use standard archaeological procedures during the investigation, and participants will learn proper archaeological excavation techniques and, by project's end be able to recognize and evaluate historic industrial artifacts. So, come out, learn some new skills (or hone old ones), and let's "dig up the dirt" on the Crooked Creek Mill - see you in July!

Number of openings: 4

Special skills: Must be physically able to work in dusty conditions for prolonged periods each day; excavation will require repetitive lifting, kneeling, squatting, and bending daily, often for long periods - successful applicants will be able to perform these functions without difficulty; previous archaeological excavation, site mapping, artifact identification, photography, and/or sketching experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: There are multiple campgrounds, RV parks, motels, restaurants and other amenities in and around the town of Lakeview; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to designated meeting location; FS will provide transportation to and from meeting area and site

Nearest towns: Lakeview, 10 miles

Applications due: June 30, 2014

For more information, view the full listing here.


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