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The huge Sumpter Valley Dredge once created its own pond, in which it moved along through the valley mining gold from 1935 to 1954.

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The Dredge Report tells the tale of the Sumpter Valley gold-digging behemoth

The earth-eating, praying-mantis-shaped Sumpter Valley gold-digging dredge is one stop on a tour on the Blue Mountain and Elkhorn scenic byways.

The Sumpter Valley gold-digging dredge, even in a rusted and immobile state, conjures up images of an earth-eating, praying-mantis-shaped monster.Well, that’s what I thought as Nora the Schnauzer and I toured the behemoth with Oregon Parks and Recreation


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