Toward a new century
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 42° 50.480 W 124° 32.241
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History sign at Sixes River Overlook in Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WM80KB
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/03/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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One of two history signs at the Sixes River Overlook near the Hughes House in Cape Blanco State Park.
Marker Name: Toward a new century
Marker Text: As American life modernized in the early 1900s, the Hughes family adapted by making improvements to their farm.
When their father, Patrick Hughes, died from a tragic horse accident in 1901, the three bachelor sons took over the farm. The quiet, serious eldest son, Edward, acted as the manager. Francis, who later married, became the farm’s bookkeeper.
Some new farming inventions were successful, others were not. A gas-powered milking machine was tried, but was discarded in favor of the old hand-milking methods. A steam-driven paddle churned the butter, which was then shipped to San Francisco. Some of the milk was sold to the growing Oregon cheese industry.
By the early 1940s, it became hard to find good dairy hands, when World War II called up the men of Port Orford. The sons decided to focus on sheep and cattle ranching instead.
The profits from the prosperous farm were divided among the seven Hughes children each winter. There was always money left for education and church and community projects. They were able to build a huge, modern barn on the slope below where you stand.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Coast

County: Curry

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

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

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