Monday, October 24, 2011

Oregon's Collier Memorial Park Logging Museum records rugged lifestyle

Oregon's  Collier Memorial State Park is said to have the state's finest Logging Museum.

Located on U.S. Route 97, north of Klamath Falls, visitors can see "rare and antique logging equipment dating to the 1880s. Railroad buffs will enjoy learning about the role the railroad played in logging."

It is easy to imagine the rugged loggers and "the immense task of moving raw timber with innovation and brute force."

According to the logging museum website, it "houses some of the most interesting, rare and representative logging artifacts in the world. The museum provides a window through time, demonstrating the evolution of (the state's) Eastside logging practices and technology that played a major role in the development of this region and its culture."

The pioneer village gives insight into how families once lived in this challenging environment. (We RVers know what it's like to make a home in small spaces; however, raising children in these tiny communities would be a test of anyone's resolve.)

The park and free museum are located just north of Chiloquin, Oregon, near the conjunction of Spring Creek and the Williamson River in a beautiful setting of towering Ponderosa pine trees. 

The park is open April through Oct. 31. The annual Living History Day is in June.

For more insight into staying at the campground click on RV Wheel Life's posting on Collier Memorial State Park Campground
For more information:
Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum
46000 Hwy 97 N.
Chiloquin, OR 97624
(541)783-2471, (800) 551-6949

Photos: Monster-sized pieces of equipment used in the early days of logging; Jimmy Smith reading about a homesteader's cabin; Inside the cabin. Click on images to enlarge. (Julianne G. Crane)

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