The old Gold Mining and Logging Town that has:
*Adventures outdoors all year
*Great Food & Spirits
*Endless riding trails
*Historic Train Rides
*Beautiful State Park (95 acres)
*Historic Dredge with tours
*3 yearly Flea Markets
*Events throughout the year
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The small town that's an unforgettable getaway and a place where people return to their entire lives.
Sumpter Valley Railroad is one of the valley's most treasured attractions. Ride six miles from McEwen to Sumpter through amazing scenery behind one of three historic locomotives. Maybe there will be an extra surprise during your trip. Group train rides also available. Train runs May through December; please click on the link below for dates, ticket purchases, and special opportunities. Visit www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org
Visit the beautifully restored Gold Dredge that once worked the Powder River for GOLD. Explore the history inside the store with actual pictures of the town in the late 1800's. Learn about the history as you travel through time and find the perfect item to take home.
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New gift shop Manager...come see what’s new! This is the Sumpter Museum. Wonderful history and is always being renovated with wonderful things to see and also purchase. The back half is actually a Baker County public Library with computers and printers to use. Most of the time we are blessed to have volunteers work so make sure you call the number in the directory before going....or just look for the sandwich board that says OPEN outside. What a wonder!!
Visit Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area. Nature trails are open year-round for your enjoyment. The dredge worked the Powder River for GOLD, and has been beautifully restored. The interpretive center has historic pictures and other special items. Travel through time and find the perfect keepsake to take home. Tours and gold panning lessons are available on weekends from May to October.
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Within a few miles of Sumpter are the Ghost towns of Granite, Bourne, Whitney, and Greenhorn. In fact the entire Sumpter Valley is rich in history. Ask any local merchant for directions to any of these old west towns and enjoy a trip back to a more laid back time.
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Sumpter was founded in 1862 by gold prospectors. By the early 1900s, the population had boomed to around 4000 people. It was already in decline when, on Aug 13, 1917, a fire destroyed twelve blocks of the downtown area in a matter of hours. Visitors can take a self guided tour of some of the oldest remaining buildings in Sumpter. Follow the link below to get a detailed map with information on 21 historic locations located here. CLICK HERE
Sumpter, Oregon, United States