The way it was: Demonstrations offer a glimpse into Oregon’s early years

July, 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History
Draft horses will be used in demonstrations of how logging was done in Oregon’s early days during Historic Silver Falls Day at Silver Falls State Park July 9.

Draft horses will be used in demonstrations of how logging was done in Oregon’s early days during Historic Silver Falls Day at Silver Falls State Park July 9.

The seventh annual Historic Silver Falls Day will take place one day only this year on Saturday, July 9.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District with Model T and Model A antique cars, demonstrations of antique logging tools, flint knapping, horse-shoe making, horse logging demonstrations, yarn spinning and weaving. 

“Families will have fun participating in old-fashioned games,” said Lou Nelson, with Friends of Silver Falls, the presenters of the event.

“There will also be story telling of historic days in the area, and carriage rides in the afternoon. And the Nature Store will have gifts for sale.”

Historic Silver Falls Day

Saturday, July 9
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Silver Falls State Park
South Falls Lodge,
neighboring area

Free admission;
$5 to park

The Roundhouse Band will play bluegrass music in the courtyard next to the South Falls Lodge, where there will be displays by area historical societies.

“The Forest History Center will have a display of Civilian Conservation Corps artifacts and a list of thousands of names of the 80,000 men who served in the CCC in Oregon,” Nelson said.

A miniature canoe race will celebrate Al Faussett’s 1928 canoe trip over the South Falls. First-, second- and third-place finishes will receive prizes, Nelson added.

“And the Friends of Silver Falls will have a booth at the event,” she said. “Come and see what we’re all about.”

Silver Falls State Park is located on Highway 214 between Stayton and Silverton.

Admission to event activities is free, but a day-use parking permit is required to park at Silver Falls. Visitors can purchase a one-day permit for $5 or an annual permit for $30.

For a detailed event schedule, visit Silver Falls’ Blog under “Historic Silver Falls Day” in the events tab at www.SilverFallsStatePark.wordpress.com. For more information, call Lou at 503-581-4155 or e-mail louise69@toast.net or call Silver Falls State Park Ranger at 503-874-0201.

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