SVRy at Red Bridge
SVRy at Red Bridge
Baker City 1st Depot
Baker City 1st Depot
Buckboard at City Hall
Buckboard at City Hall
Olds' Ferry on Snake River
Olds' Ferry on Snake River
Baker City 1st auto
Baker City 1st auto
Bi-plane on grass field
Bi-plane on grass field
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Gallery #4--TRANSPORTATION & FOREST INDUSTRY.

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441 photographs (Transportation 336, Forest Industry 105). Most of the photographs are of Sumpter Valley Railway (SVRy). The railway was constructed to bring logs from the ponderosa forests bordering Sumpter Valley to the Oregon Lumber Co. mill in Baker City. In the early 1900's, the mill was reputed to be the largest in Oregon. Hardrock mining took off in the late 1890's facilitated by SVRy, which transported much of the heavy mining equipment to the mines in the Sumpter mining district.

SVRy timeline:
**8-18-1890. SVRy was incorporated by David Eccles of Utah and others.
**October 1891. SVRy reached McEwen, a stage stop in Sumpter Valley, 22 miles southwest of Baker City.
**1896. SVRy reached Sumpter, 32 miles west of Baker City.
**1910. SVRy reached Prairie City in Grant County, 80 miles southwest of Baker City.
**1933. Passenger and baggage car service were discontinued. Thereafter passengers and mail were carried in the caboose.
**1947. SVRy ceased all operations, sold its rolling stock, and removed its tracks.



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