Sumpter Valley Dredge on Snowshoes


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Want to take a step back in time? Better bring your snowshoes!

We’ve been receiving plenty of snow in Sumpter this year which has turned the Sumpter Valley into a winter wonderland and the best way to see it (the only way to see it in the winter) is to strap on a pair of snowshoes.

Trails aren’t that long or too hard to traverse. You’ll get a feeling of being in the wilderness – but don’t worry – the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area is actually almost downtown!

You can walk or ride your snowmobile to the Sumpter Dredge from any where in Sumpter.

If  you’re driving up for the day, just park your vehicle at the main gate.


Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area

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Christmas Bazaar


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It was a festive time at the Sumpter Museum as the Sumpter Valley Community Volunteers hosted the Annual Christmas Bazaar.

Christmas shoppers enjoyed a wide variety of handmade crafts, childeren’s books, toys, and lots more.

You can visit some of our vendors online –

Chelsey Johnson ~ Independent Consultant ~ Usborne Books

Star McKinnis and Jessica Hottel  ~ It Works Global

Tori Whiting ~ Rising Phoenix Metalworks

Sumpter Mountain Gifts

LeAnne Woolf ~ Soda Mountain Pet Supplies

Marie Hobbs ~ Tupperware Consultant

Sumpter Valley Community Volunteers

Friends of The Sumpter Valley Dredge

We would like to thank Scoop and Steamer Station for making such awesome sack lunches – we all enjoyed them!

See photos of the Sumpter Christmas Celebration at Base Camp Baker 

SVFD Spaghetti Feed

another great fundraiser put on by volunteers in Sumpter!

Sumpter Valley Community Volunteers

IMG_0149Sumpter Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary Spaghetti Feed

Tuesday, October 27th 2015 

4 pm to 8 pm

Sumpter Community Center

475 N. Mill St.

(just North of the Stage Stop Gas Station)

This is one of the biggest fundraisers for the fire department every year – don’t miss it!

Minimum suggested donation is $10.00

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Labor Day Flea Market


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The last flea market of the season in Sumpter Oregon came and went – like the wind, rain, and cold. Lots of vendors and shoppers anyway!

Don’t forget the upcoming SVFD Auxiliary Spaghetti Feed in October – talk about fundraisers – this is always one of the best fundraisers of the year and nets the SVFD funds to purchase needed equipment and supplies that they might not otherwise be able to have.

Here are a few of our favorite Labor Day Flea Market Photos ~

Here are some photos of the Cracker Creek Museum of Mining booth that was selling hot dogs, brats, and some yummy treats during the flea market ~

See more Labor Day Flea Market Photos at our friends ~

Sumpter Volunteers

Scoop and Steamer

Soda Mountain Pet Supplies

Sumpter Mountain Gift Stop

Rustic Realty

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Burning Memories


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As we try to carry on with our lives while Eastern Oregon is burning around us, memories of a distant time when fire was also devastating come to mind.

It was 1917 – also in August, when fire destroyed Sumpter.

L. C. Edwards after the fire of 1917  Photo courtesy of the Baker Co. Historic Photo Archive

L. C. Edwards after the fire of 1917 Photo courtesy of the Baker Co. Historic Photo Archive

Hundreds of fire fighters from all over the Northwest are fighting the current fires in Eastern Oregon, but when Sumpter was burning, all anyone could do was watch their town burn.

See more about the Sumpter fire of 1917 here.

Edwards Drug Store


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We would like to invite you to see our newest display at the Sumpter Museum!


L.C. Edwards, right – Photo courtesy of Baker County Library Historic Photo Archive

Mr. L. C. Edwards

Lusk Colville Edwards was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on March 2, 1860. He attended public school and later graduated from Waters and Walling College in Tennessee. After his graduation from college he came out west to Arlington, Oregon were he was a druggist and chemist. L.C. Edwards was very well thought of and for a few years served as mayor of Arlington.

In 1885 He married Miss Martha Ellen Simon who came from an Oregon Pioneer family. On December 27, 1893 Mattie, as she was affectionately called, gave birth to a son; they named him Jesse.

In December of 1899 the family moved to Sumpter, where Mr. Edwards built a two story brick building on the corner of Granite and Mill St. He and his family lived in the back of the building and rented out the top floor. The drug store was in the front part of the first floor. Mr. Edwards was an able business man but, more importantly, he possessed a deep and abiding interest in the welfare of Sumpter and the state of Oregon. By all reports Mr. Edwards was a kind and public spirited man. At one point in his career he ran for the State Legislature. He was also affiliated with the Masons.

Mr. Edwards carried a full line of drugs, chemicals and notions, everything that a well-stocked pharmacy of the day would carry. As his business prospered Mr. Edwards purchased the building next door to his business and it became the town soda fountain. Mr. Edwards was also part owner of the Hotel Sumpter.

On August 13, 1917 tragedy struck! The town of Sumpter burned to the ground except for just a few buildings. One can only imagine the feelings of Mr. Edwards as he surveyed the ruins of his home and businesses.

L. C. Edwards after the fire of 1917  Photo courtesy of the Baker Co. Historic Photo Archive

L. C. Edwards after the fire of 1917 Photo courtesy of the Baker Co. Historic Photo Archive

Mr. Edwards never rebuilt his drug store, but, instead moved to Baker City with his family where he resided at 2603 second St. According to records he worked in Baker City as a druggist.

Mr. Edwards passed away on Oct 25, 1932. He and Mattie are buried in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Their son Jesse also worked as a druggist after he served his Country during WW I. He also resided with his wife Lola and their children in Baker City.

In the case below you will notice that we have several medicine bottles embossed with the name Edwards Drug store.

Information regarding Mr. Edwards was compiled by Michelle DeFord who is a board member of the Sumpter Valley Museum Association and thanks to Michelle’s’ diligent work, this newest display features bottles, stories, and artifacts that celebrate the very important presence of a drug store and druggist in Sumpter prior to the fire of 1917.

Michelle is still working to add even more to the display, but we invite you to stop by and see what it looks like so far!


Drug Store Display at the Sumpter Museum July 2015


4th of July Flea Market


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The Independence Day Flea Market was fun and folks seemed to enjoy it despite the extra warm temperatures. But hey – it wasn’t raining right?

We love being surrounded by the flea market in Sumpter!

There is one more flea market to go folks –

Labor Day Flea Market

Sept 4th – Sept 7th

See more Independence Day Flea Market photos ~

Sumpter Mountain Gift Stop

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