Silver Falls State Park Local Customs

  • Stump Chair
    Stump Chair
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  • Oregon 'Old Time' Fiddlers
    Oregon 'Old Time' Fiddlers
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  • Video of Al Faussett's Ride Over the Falls
    Video of Al Faussett's Ride Over the...
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    Recycling Goes to Benefit Charity

    by glabah Written Mar 5, 2009

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    old but still servicable North Falls recycling bin
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    Recycling has been going on at Silver Falls State Park for quite a number of years, and you will find recycling bins in a number of locations.

    Money from the sale of recycled materials goes to benefit a work program for individuals with developmental disabilities.

    So, please put your trash where it belongs, and put your recyclable materials where they belong too. It not only helps the environmental footprint of the park, but it also helps people who have difficulty with day to day living.

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    June D. Drake Photography Collection

    by glabah Written Feb 11, 2009

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    June Drake was a photographer and Silverton resident. His campaign in the 1920s and 1930 led to the establishment of Silver Falls State Park in 1931.

    A key feature of his pamphlets were his own photographs.

    Today, many of his photographs are owned and preserved by the University of Oregon Library, Special Collections. See the web site below.

    Unfortunately, even though Mr. Drake lived in Silverton until 1960, his archives was not put into a preservation format until 2004. That means that an awful lot of information was simply lost to memory. The exact date and location of many of the photos is simply unknown.

    As permission to view and use the photos must be obtained from the University of Oregon, there is no photo associated with this tip.

    In honor of Mr. Drake's efforts, Drake Falls in Silver Falls State Park bears his name.

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    Al Faussett's Running of the Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jul 28, 2008

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    The Brink of 177 foot South Falls
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    On July 1, 1926 a northwest Daredevil named Al Faussett (1879-1948) ran the falls in a canoe. Local businessmen tried to prevent Al from taking on this challenge but he was savvy and decided to buy the land around the falls. Publicity for the event brought thousands of spectators and was covered by papers and news crews.
    The canoe was filled with inner tubes and in order to land in the pool and not the rocks below he built a small damn and ramp that protruded 12 feet out from the top of the falls.
    The stunt didn’t go quite as planned, in mid air the boat twisted and it landed on its side. Al broke a few ribs one wrist and both ankles were sprained, but he lived.

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    Al Faussett Days

    by GuthrieColin Written Jul 28, 2008

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    Oregon 'Old Time' Fiddlers
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    Al Faussett Days is an annual event held at Silver Falls State Park around the second week in July. Many of the events are centered near the South Falls Lodge area. The main idea is to commemorate the 1926 stunt of Al Faussett where he rode a canoe over the 177 foot (54 meter) falls.
    Events for the weekend include the Oregon ‘Old Time’ Fiddlers who play music of the era. Children’s games are held in the lawn and guided hikes are taken to explore the area. Twice Daily the event is hosted by Mike Faussett, Al’s grandson and a documentary is shown that explains Al’s plunge.
    Of course, no Al Faussett days would be complete without the Canoe Race. For $1 you can purchase a miniature canoe that will be dropped into the river above the falls and the first three to reach the designated finish line win a prize.

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    "Natural" Chairs

    by GuthrieColin Written Jul 27, 2008

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    Stump Chair

    In many locations along the trail of 10 falls you will notice stumps that have been carved into the shape of chairs. I don't know if they were cut in the belief that anyone would actually use them but they are certainly an interesting accent to the trails.

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    NO DOGS ON THE TRAILS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    Catch that Dog!

    A short distance in on the trails you will come up against large signs announcing no dogs on the trails. Naturally, the mtncorg thinks this is discriminatory in lieu of the many little children running around out of control, but the park is so popular that the rules are probably a good thing for those animals a little larger than the mtncorg.

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