While we were staying at Fisherman's Trailer (now RV) Park in Winchester Bay during the summer of 1958, the owner Jack Himbaugh invited Dad to go with him on a visit to the gold mining claim in a remote part of Oregon* that he and a partner were working. The first photo shows the bulldozer the two men were using in their attempt to reach bedrock on the property.
[Northwest United States -- Physical. Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection]
To reach the claim, Dad said they turned off a county road onto a logging road, then left that to follow a fire trail, and finally several traversed a couple of miles of rough track bulldozed out of the wilderness, ending up at an old cabin built by earlier miners next to the gold-bearing stream. Farther on the canyon opened out into a sunny water meadow filled with carnivorous pitcher plants (Darlingtonia californica).
|[Jack Himbaugh, right, and his partner Ferdinand (last name forgotten) on the left]|
[Ferdinand standing next to the chain at the entrance to the claim]
|[Jack drove an old Dodge Power Wagon--this was probably taken through its windshield]|
[All color slides from my personal collection]
*Probably in either Coos or Douglas County.
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