Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon

This week I’ll finish out the 1958 camping trip my family took through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State. They visited the redwoods and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near the towns of Big Bar and Weaverville, then moved on to Tumalo State Park in central Oregon. Next they camped near the beach at Humbug Mountain State Park, and finally headed into Washington.

Fish ladder on the Wenatchee River in Washington State


Playing on the beach at Humbug Mountain

“Once known as Sugarloaf Mountain, the name was changed to “Tichenor’s Humbug” after an exploring party sent forth from Port Orford by townsite developer Captain William Tichenor in 1851 mistakenly went south instead of north, toward the mountain. Eventually, the name was shortened to Humbug Mountain. In 1958, a major forest fire burned much of the north side of the park. The balance of mountain timber was saved by a change of wind as onlookers watched, helpless but thankful” — Oregon State Parks web site.



Tumalo State Park is located beside the Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon. “The original land for this park was a gift of 115 acres from Deschutes County in 1954. Other tracts were acquired by purchase and exchange up to 1984. In 1972, Deschutes County gave additional acreage to the state. It is thought that the name Tumalo comes from the Klamath Indian word “temolo,” meaning wild plum” — Oregon State Parks website.

Large skate on the beach, Humboldt County, California
Late night trash bandit at Hayden Flat Campground, Shasta-Trinity Forest, California


Traylor’s Restaurant, once known as Traylor’s Flying Saucer, is still in business today in Port Angeles, Washington

Next week, I’ll start working my way through a boxed set of vintage slides produced and sold by Wesco; they were advertised in Popular Photography Magazine in the 1940s and 1950s. I’ve never seen these slides, so I’m looking forward to seeing where they take me!




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