1916 Trek to Jefferson Park
Posted: December 27th, 2012, 10:46 am
I came across this interesting article by Lewis A Arthur in the Oregonian archives. It's from October 8, 1916 and he describes traveling from Government Camp down to the Olallie Lake area and then into Jefferson Park. It was quite an undertaking back then!
Also interesting is how the tale of this trip took up an entire page of the newspaper. I’ve come across this kind of thing several times in the archives. Reporting was VERY different 100 years ago than it is now!There are two means of approach to the park, one being by wagon road and trail south from Government Camp to Breitenbush Lake, and thence over a rocky and precipitous series of mountain ridges for a distance of over five miles. There is no trail here and progress is made only with difficulty. The snowfields are extensive and a good guide is essential.
The other way is by railroad to Detroit, and thence by pack train up the North Santiam River and Whitewater Creek. After leaving the mouth of the latter stream, the trail is poor and hard to negotiate. To get into the park either way requires real work.