Gardiner = Memory Lane

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Mar 05, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

As much as I thought I was from Florence, apparently I had even more history just South through Gardiner and in a place called Five Mile.  My Grandad worked on a farm every summer back in the woods and went to primary school at a small school with 8 kids in the entire school.  Loads of memories of tormenting the teacher, like letting the bull into the school yard to get out of school. The Five Mile School was closed and consolidated with the still small school of Gardiner in '47.

We wound around the road and stopped at several sites along the Tahkenitch Lake, which seemed to go on forever with different arms.  The land up there is owned by various logging companies that allow public access in most parts, but the only other people we encountered back there were from those companies and the county.  It was interesting how they rotated 'plots' like you do with crops; seeing the newly planted trees up to the parts about to be logged.

We came out in Gardiner and checked out the Smith River, where my Grandad spent most of his childhood.  There was an elk refuge out in Gardiner, a few viewpoints and a lot of historic markers where the old railroad used to run before a lot of areas had road access.  My grandparents used to take the train into Eugene even, which is now a 45-60 minute drive from Florence.

We went around to some of the places closer to where my Dad grew up in Dune City and where my Grandad lived in highschool, Westlake.  A bunch of tiny communities that simply feed into Florence where the kids go to school.  Lots of stories and history in those places from my family, but there is still a lot for someone looking to learn a bit more about the history of the Oregon coast and logging communities. 
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Tahkenitch Lake used to have several house boats on it. Kids used to be able to litterally, fish in a barrel. On the south side of Westlake in the early '30s, the CCC had a camp. That was one of the camps where the men stayed while building the several bridges along HWY 101. Siltcoos Lake has several bass fishing tournaments.

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