Friday, July 17, 2015

Camp 18 in northern Oregon includes a logging museum, good eats

Northern Lite camper at Camp 18 (Julianne G. Crane)
Traveling along Oregon Highway 26, west of Portland, you'll spot a huge rustic log-cabin restaurant and loggers' memorial at milepost 18.

There are hundreds of logging-related historic artifacts, tons of antique logging equipment, a logging museum, and generous servings of pretty darn good food--it is called Camp 18.

Camp 18 has ample RV parking. (Julianne G. Crane)
The restaurant-museum complex is near the small rural community of Elsie and was a dream of Gordon and Roberta Smith.

Construction began in the early '70s with Gordon's friends joining him in the project.

Expansive interior of restaurant. (Julianne G. Crane)
The expansive architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques.

It features an 85-foot ridgepole (see ceiling) that’s the largest such piece in the United States. It weighs approximately 25 tons and if cut would have 5,600 board feet of lumber in it.

Authentic logging equipment  (Julianne G. Crane)
History buffs interested in the evolution of logging in the northwest will find plenty of outdoor displays including "multiple steam donkeys such as a Dolbeer single spool, a very early first-generation model, to a high-tech late-model Willamette compound geared yarder that was the height of technology for its day.

Logging Memorial (Julianne G. Crane)
"Other displays on site include a large bandsaw from a sawmill, a self-propelled Ohio steam crane, Caterpillar-style tracked vehicles that worked in the woods, a railroad skeleton log car and other heavy equipment plus a wide variety of large and small hardware," according to Camp 18's webpage.

Jimmy Smith in Loggers Memorial. (Julianne G. Crane)
The most recent addition to the complex is the Loggers Memorial located "in a beautiful setting befitting those whose dedication to our forests ... will forever be enshrined. This is an opportunity for families and friends to memorialize individuals ... who’ve made logging their work, their passion or their life."

For complete information about the Loggers' Memorial project, click here.

 If you go:

Camp 18 Restaurant & Loggers Memorial
42362 Highway 26
Elsie, Oregon 97138
Hours of operation are:
Sunday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

There is plenty of large RV-size parking in the lot.

-- Julianne G. Crane

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Photos: (Chick on images to enlarge.) External and interior photos of Camp 18 Restaurant. Some of the authentic logging equipment on display. Jimmy Smith reading through brief bios of dozens of loggers, many of whom died working in the woods. (Julianne G. Crane)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon Coast

Heceta Head Lighthouse on Oregon Coast (Julianne G. Crane)
The Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most, if not the most, photographed lighthouse in the world.

This breathtaking Oregon State Scenic Viewpoint is located on Hwy. 101, halfway between Yachats and Florence along the central Oregon Coast.

A perfect outing for the entire family, the Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s House were built around 1894 and both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The working 56-foot lighthouse sits midway up a 205-foot-tall headland.  Its “first order” Fresnel lens casts an automated beam visible for 21 miles out to sea. It is the brightest light on the Oregon coast.

Beach below Heceta Head (Julianne G. Crane)
The Light Keeper’s House is perched further back from the lighthouse on a cliff with a magnificent view of the Cape Cove and the beach below.  The Queen Anne style house features an interpretive center, and bed and breakfast facilities.

A 1/2-mile long walking trail leads from the fee parking lot to the lighthouse while gaining 150 feet in elevation. If you are unable to walk the path, sit at one of the picnic tables or stroll along the beach and take in the magnificent scenery and wildlife.

If you go:
The Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
92072 S. Hwy 101, Florence, OR

Heceta Head (Oregon State Parks)
- Tours daily, March-Oct., 11 a.m. -5 p.m. (double check on times)
- The lighthouse observation area is open year round during park hours; by appointment throughout year. Call 1-800-551-6949.
- A $5 day-use fee is required. (This pass is good for parking the entire day at any state park. Visitors can leave one day-use fee park and travel to another.)
- For more information: Oregon State Parks.

Light Keeper's House (OSP)
Interpretive Center
- Located in Keeper's House.
- Guided tours summer months, Thurs-Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,  by appointment throughout year. Call: 1-866-547-3696.
- No charge for tours, however donations accepted.

Bed and Breakfast
- 15 guest capacity
- Fully equipped guest kitchen
- Parlors with amazing ocean views.
- Operated by a concessionaire of the U.S. Forest Service and can be reached at 1-866-547-3696.  
- Best time to call: Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). On the weekends in and out of the office.

Source: OSP
Located on Hwy. 101 on the central Oregon Coast along the Pacific Ocean.
- About 13 miles north of Florence and 13 miles south of Yachats.
- 1/2 mile north of the world famous “Sea Lion Caves” near mile marker #178.

Camping at nearby Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.  Click here for more information in an article on

-- Julianne G. Crane
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