[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2014-18-11

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Thu Dec 18 08:11:35 PST 2014

In this Issue
1. Cornucopia Jailhouse and Lostine Pharmacy latest National Register listings
2. Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District Expanded
3. Heritage Preservation Scholarship application deadline approaching
4. Website reminds of flood hazards and the need for disaster planning
5. Oregon Cultural Trust seeks input on strategic planning


The Cornucopia Jailhouse in Baker County and the Lostine Pharmacy building in Northeastern Oregon are among the latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally built at the former Allentown site, upslope from Pine Valley, the circa 1885 Cornucopia Jailhouse met the community’s need to establish and maintain general law-and-order in the quickly growing gold-mining boomtown. Along with Allentown’s residents and buildings, the rustic two-story wood-frame Jailhouse moved upslope and closer to the most productive mines at Cornucopia in 1889.

While Cornucopia was not as lawless as many other notorious frontier communities, the Jailhouse was an important institution that fostered stability in a town with numerous saloons and bordellos, and served as a temporary holding place for disorderly citizens and criminals waiting for trial. As the last remaining public building in one of Baker County’s most significant mining communities, the Jailhouse is the key resource representing the history and governance of this former mining community. It is now one of thirteen National Register-listed properties in Baker County.

In 1900, businessman and leader Simon L. McKenzie, and his son Kenneth, constructed and opened the two-story Bowlby stone Lostine Pharmacy during a period of growth in the small community of Lostine.  A prominent structure within town, the Pharmacy building briefly hosted the first professional medical office, staffed by Dr. Eberle Randolph Seeley. At the turn of the century, pharmacies filled a particularly critical role by offering both a wide variety of medications and merchandise, including hardware and toiletries.

The Pharmacy building also served as the home of Lostine Masonic Lodge No. 123, which held meetings on the second floor from 1906 until 1962. One of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations, freemasonry’s history is based in stone masonry and teachings derived from the craft. Members gathered to socialize, organized community-wide events, and supported the welfare of their fellow Masons. Recently restored as a local restaurant, the Lostine Pharmacy building is again a community-gathering place and stands among 21 Wallowa County properties now listed in the National Register.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended both nominations at its June 2014 meeting. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings, visit the Oregon Heritage website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District, located in Cave Junction, recently expanded to recognize the 1954 barracks, bathhouse, and exercise area as part of this historically significant site.

Reflective of the early developmental stage of Forest Service smokejumping, the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base served as an example for operations and training along the Pacific Coast, influencing the development of bases in Redding, California and Redmond, Oregon. The portion of the listed on November 17, 2006 includes the core resources most closely related to firefighting activities, including the Parachute Loft.

The inclusion of the historically-associated crew residence area immediately south of the listed district provides a greater historic and physical context for the district as a whole, illustrating the daily activities associated with housing, feeding, training, and entertaining fire crews stationed at the base. The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base currently operates as a museum and is open to the public.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the boundary increase at their June 2014 meeting. Josephine County has over 55 properties listed in the National Register. The National Park Service maintains the National Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For further information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings, visit the Oregon Heritage website<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/index.aspx>.


The deadline for submission of Elisabeth Walton Potter Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship applications is this tomorrow - Dec. 19.  The Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging, and meals. For further information, and to download the Scholarship application, visit Oregon Heritage<http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx>.


It’s a fact that floods happen in Oregon. For example, 50 years ago Oregon experienced a devastating flood, since referred to as the Christmas flood of 1964. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries recently posted a commemoration of the flood<http://www.oregongeology.org/flood/> on its website, which also offers many helpful links about safety, awareness and mitigating risks.  How will your organization respond when the flood hits again? Are you prepared?


The Oregon Cultural Trust is seeking community input across Oregon about local, regional and statewide issues in history, heritage, preservation, humanities, and the arts.  The Trust will use the information gathered to develop a strategic plan that will guide the organization over the next five years. It is important for all sectors – heritage, humanities and arts – to participate in this process.

The key question to ponder is, “How can the Oregon Cultural Trust find new ways to expand the resources available to cultural institutions in Oregon?” Please submit written testimony via email to Brian Rogers<mailto:brian.rogers at oregon.gov> or by mail to OCT Planning Process, 775 Summer St., NE Suite 200, Salem OR 97301.

The Cultural Trust is a department within Business Oregon, a state agency that ensures a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.  Business Oregon recognizes the expanding role that culture plays in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. To learn more about the Oregon Cultural Trust, visit www.culturaltrust.org<http://www.culturaltrust.org>.


Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, provides technical support and services to people and organizations documenting, preserving, interpreting and sharing Oregon's heritage. Keep up with the latest heritage issues and trends at Oregon Heritage Exchange<http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/> and follow us on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/OregonHeritage>.

Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission. Do you have an issue or item you would like to share? Email us<mailto:heritage.info at oregon.gov>.
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