History of the field by Colorado Camp on Deschutes River Trail?

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Re: History of the field by Colorado Camp on Deschutes River Trail?

Post by TodF » November 13th, 2021, 6:39 pm

Thanks, everyone! Very interesting stuff.

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Re: History of the field by Colorado Camp on Deschutes River Trail?

Post by Waffle Stomper » November 18th, 2021, 9:43 am

Charley wrote:
November 12th, 2021, 10:32 am
Many years ago, when I hiked through there regularly, I assumed that ODFW or State Parks grew feed for wildlife there. I'd seen it green, and seen it mowed, at least.

But it's not State land, so I have no clue! State land is blue:

Deschutes.jpeg

Maybe it's leased to the State? Or maybe State Parks allows a property owner (a farmer) to drive the gravel road/trail to access the field for cultivation?
It almost looks like a private landing strip.
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Re: History of the field by Colorado Camp on Deschutes River Trail?

Post by retired jerry » November 18th, 2021, 10:03 am

There is a landing strip further upstream, on the other side of the river, according to maps, and you can see it.

I think the field near Colorado Camp is agriculture. I've seen people farming near the Harris Homestead. A lot of fencing and irrigation stuff. It's all gone now, after the fire. That might be the end of agriculture there. I think modern farming practices wouldn't work on those small fields at Colorado camp and Harris Homestead.

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Re: History of the field by Colorado Camp on Deschutes River Trail?

Post by Waffle Stomper » November 18th, 2021, 10:29 am

Just a guess, on my part. It's an interesting patch in that portion of property. Looking at historic satellite images that center section seems maintained while the rest isn't. 'Tis a mystery.
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