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Coastal parks seek history in pictures.

Byline: Andrea Damewood The Register-Guard

FLORENCE - At coastal state parks, rangers are watching the area's history erode like a sandy beach Sandy Beach (location ) is on the South Shore of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. It is known for its shorebreak for bodyboarding and bodysurfing. The area is also known for its strong current and dangerous shorebreak.  in a winter storm.

As time passes, so do those who hold the memories of what it was like to visit before the first campsites were built and those who may own a photo of Oregon's shoreline 40 years ago, say park rangers A park ranger is a person charged with protecting and preserving protected parklands, forests (then called a forest ranger), wilderness areas, as well as other natural resources and protected cultural resources. , who give thousands of historical tours each year.

"Knowing the history gives us an opportunity to give (visitors) more of the story," said Debra Edwards, a park ranger at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park. "The more they know, they may appreciate (a park) more and want to help preserve it."

To keep the parks' past from going extinct, Edwards is working to collect historical photographs of state parks in Lane County to help with historical signs, tours and restoration.

Surprisingly little is known about the state's parks, most of which are the product of 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established in 1933 by the U.S. Congress as a measure of the New Deal program. The CCC provided work and vocational training for unemployed single young men through conserving and developing the country's natural resources.  projects. Until 1989, the parks were a division of the state Department of Transportation, so many historical photos were taken from a utilitarian point of view, Oregon State Parks spokesman Chris Havel said.

"We know all of the dry statistics," he said. "But what did people experience when they were in the park?"

Rangers would like to have snapshots of families camping, playing, hiking and swimming, Edwards said.

Edwards, who works primarily at Washburne and at the Heceta Head Heceta Head is a headland that stands at a 1,000 ft. above the Pacific Ocean in Lane County, Oregon, United States. The Heceta Head Light is located on its south side. Heceta Head is named after the Portuguese explorer under Spanish Commission, Bruno de Heceta, who explored the  Lighthouse, said most of the pictures she has are tourist snapshots of the lighthouse from different angles - mixed with scattered ODOT ODOT Oregon Department of Transportation
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 shots of the parking lot.

Some decades are more mysterious than others. The 1970s have proven to be a photographically sparse decade, she said. Early 1900s shots are also in short supply.

Donated pictures may help unlock mysteries, Edwards said. Few pictures show the barracks bar·rack 1  
tr.v. bar·racked, bar·rack·ing, bar·racks
To house (soldiers, for example) in quarters.

n.
1. A building or group of buildings used to house military personnel.
 built near the Heceta lighthouse during World War II. And only pipes mark where post-war corrugated cor·ru·gate  
v. cor·ru·gat·ed, cor·ru·gat·ing, cor·ru·gates

v.tr.
To shape into folds or parallel and alternating ridges and grooves.

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 steel Quonset huts stood at Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint and Washburne.

"I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 much about the huts, except that they used to be there," she said. "There's a lot of unknowns out there."

Along with pictures, Edwards wants to collect contact information to begin working on building an oral history of the coastal parks.

"Our goal is to preserve and protect these areas for present and future generations," she said. "The more history and knowledge we have about a site doesn't mean we're going to change a site, but you can keep people connected."

Photos of any park are welcome, but Edwards said she is particularly interested in the Quonset huts, Heceta Head before, during and after construction of the lighthouse, and of the kitchen shelters at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, also known simply as Honeyman State Park, is named for Jessie M. Honeyman, and is located 3 miles south of Florence, Oregon, United States on Highway 101. The park is located along the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, in Lane County. , when they still had functioning stoves.

Any photos capturing the memory of visiting a park also are requested.

To share a picture, contact Lori Coffindaffer at (541) 997-3851 or e-mail lori.coffindaffer @state.or.us. Photos will be returned upon request.
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Date:Nov 19, 2006
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