The Early 1900s
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 23.915 W 122° 28.883
10T E 541300 N 4916274
One of four history signs near entrance to Cascadia State Park.
Waymark Code: WMR77B
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 05/20/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This sign is one of four in kiosk near entrance to Cascadia State Park.

Marker Name: The Early 1900s

Marker Text: Oregon immigrants began settling the Cascade area after the Santiam Wagon Road was built in 1865. The wagon road connected the Willamette Valley with Central Oregon on a route following the South Santiam River. The settlers discovered the nearby soda springs, and many people came to the area to drink the water. It was widely believed the soda water could cure a variety of ailments. In 1895, George and Jennie Geisendorfer purchased the springs and developed the Cascade Resort. Geisendorfer also built a bridge across the South Santiam River at the current bridge location to connect the resort with the wagon road.
The resort included a hotel, store, bath house, rental cabins, and a campground. George and Jennie Geisendorfer ran the popular resort for nearly 45 years. As many as 2,000 people would be at the resort on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy the soda water and mountain setting. Around 1915, room and board at the hotel cost $10 a week, cottages rented for $2 a week, and a camp spot was 50 cents a week. The Geisendorfers sold the resort to the State of Oregon in 1941.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Linn

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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