February 10, 2018
Mr. Viers, Grant Robins, Terray Harmon, Rae Wickersham and others contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery, above, is a gold dredge, according to two callers. Terray Harmon noted that these four callers agree that it is a dredge, set up as a gold dredge.
Terray Harmon said there was a time when they were set up as gold dredges, especially in the Baker area of eastern Oregon. “They build a pond, start digging, and they dig forward. The water stayed with them, and the tailing go off the back. The dredges had no built-in means of propultion, but used their own bucket to both dig and and pull themselves forward as they worked. They had to be in still water,” Harmon said.
One caller thought the dredge might be working in Mill Creek. Mr. Viers said it looked like the dredge in Sumptner, Ore., and Grant Robbins also said it looked like the dredges in eastern Oregon.
The photograph was located in a “History Mystery” folder at the Chronicle, which was eventually moved into storage, but the print was unlabeled.
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