History Mystery from Aug. 4

Tom Davis of Redmond, Lee Langston of Sherman County, Terray Harmon, Gary Conley and Mary Batty contributed to this report.

Last week’s History Mystery photograph, above, was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch  print submitted by Terray Harmon.

Harmon said that a group of people in The Dalles, interested in archaeology, created a club they called the “Flintstones.” Bill Dell Snyder owned property in the Lone Pine area, and allowed the club to come and dig for no charge, so long as they returned the land back to being level, Harmon said.

They estimated that there was a 10,000 year continuous indian encampment at the site

Oregon State University’s Bob Cole looked at the site, and supervised the work, but the site had been too compromised for the university to do an archaeological dig because there had been too much ground disturbance prior to that, he said.

The little boy in the picture is Terray Harmon himself, and the 1954 pickup pictured is his dads.

A collection of artifacts removed from the area is now housed in the Fort Dalles Museum.

Davis noted the site was known as “the bead patch.”

Gary Conley said the area was just west of Waters Edge and the condominiums there now. You can also see the old Seufert’s Cannery building in the background, at the upper right, he said.

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