Sumpter Valley Railroad Hiking Trail

Sumpter Valley Railroad Hiking Trail (HM20UO)

Location: Prairie City, OR 97869 Grant County
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N 44° 32.071', W 118° 36.525'

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Dixie Pass interpretive site

Imagine the American Indians first creating trails through these mountains hundreds of years ago. Later, in 1825 and 1826, Hudson Bay Fur Company trappers, led by Peter Skeene Ogden, crossed this very pass. In 1862 more people made this difficult journey by stagecoach and freight wagon.

When lumbermen decided to venture into these vast ponderosa pine forests, plans were set in motion to build a railroad to haul logs to a sawmill in Baker City. How exciting it must have been when the first 22 miles of track were placed, running through the mountains to McEwen. By 1910 the rails reached all the way to Prairie City, covering more than 80 miles. The railroad hauled logs, livestock, people, and other freight.

The story of the "Stump Dodger", as this railroad was nicknamed, is one of dreams, fortunes gained and lost, and one of people using what is around them to live their lives. That story continues today.

Remnant of that rail line are tucked away, only a few yards from where you stand now. Take a step back in time along this barrier free, 1/2 mile loop trail and discover the Sumpter Valley Railway
HM NumberHM20UO
Placed ByMalheur National Forest
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Date Added Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 372183 N 4932501
Decimal Degrees44.53451667, -118.60875000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 32.071', W 118° 36.525'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 32' 4.2599999999999" N, 118° 36' 31.5" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-26, Prairie City OR 97869, US
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