Silver Falls State Park history has a little bit of everything, including the bizarre (2010)
Visit the park July 10-11 for Historic Silver Falls Days
Amidst stories of pioneer farmers, loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers are tales of a canoeist paddling over South Falls, and of visitors entertaining themselves by pushing old cars over its 170-foot drop.
You can celebrate the daredevil’s survival by racing a miniature wooden canoe. And, listen to a storyteller bring the event to life, including how June Drake helped spread the fame of the falls.
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will share their culture, history and connections with the area. Get a glimpse of what life might have been like on early farms, and taste homemade biscuits topped with hand-churned butter (made by you). The biscuits will be cooked in Dutch ovens over an open fire.
Watch wool-spinning, tin-punching and flint-knapping demonstrations. There’s something for the kids, too. They can play old-fashioned games in tune with 1880s life in historic Silver Falls City.
Antique logging tools will be on display, as well as antique cars. (No, they won’t be there to push over the falls.)
Admission is free, but a park day-use parking pass is required. Proceeds from canoe race ticket sales will benefit the Friends of Silver Falls, co-sponsors of Historic Silver Falls Days and supporters of the park’s interpretive and educational programs.