Picnic Area - Deschutes County, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 43° 55.886 W 121° 24.815
10T E 627336 N 4865480
History marker along Benham Interpretive Trail.
Waymark Code: WM1B4H
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 03/21/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This sign is located along Benham Interpretive Trail just west of parking lot.

Marker Name: Picnic Area
Marker Text: People have been using this site for about 7,000 years. Ancient tools found locally indicate that Indians hunted, fished and gathered plants in this area well into the 1800’s. In 1916 the Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company began operations locally. These mature ponderosa pines were left uncut and the site was used for the company’s annual picnic. As many as 2,000 employees and their families were transported from Bend by railroad flat cars. A summer’s day of festivity was provided which included food, games and dancing.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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