Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum
In March 2002, Oregon State Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Collier Memorial State Park, began raising the $328,000 needed to renovate and enhance the museum and its interpretive displays. Donations were sought to restore artifacts, buildings, railroad equipment, and early-day machinery, as well as to update educational displays, signs, and other materials, and in so doing keep Oregon’s colorful logging heritage alive for future generations of park visitors.
Thanks to generous contributions from private individuals, businesses, and foundations, the campaign achieved its funding goal on July 15, 2004.
The renovation and restoration work culminated in a June 19, 2005 celebratory event, during which thousands of visitors converged on the site to celebrate local logging heritage and see a donor wall, recognizing major contributors to the campaign, unveiled.
Today, Collier Memorial State Park features engaging and informative interpretive displays and a world-class collection of lumbering equipment and artifacts, and in so doing, pays tribute to the rich history of Oregon’s timber industry and to the hard work and ingenuity of the men and women involved.
“One of the Pacific Northwest’s best-kept secrets, this park houses a collection of logging equipment that tells the story of the development of the western forest industry.”
– L.L. “Stub” Stewart, Oregon State Parks founding trustee and former president of Bohemia Lumber (since deceased)
Wolf Creek Inn
Back in the early days of movies, the Inn became a refuge for beleaguered actors seeking an escape from the demanding Hollywood studios. Mary Pickford found the Inn warm and comforting, especially when Douglas Fairbanks accompanied her on the visit. Clark Gable was a good friend of the innkeeper in the 1930’s and stopped by several times while fishing the Rogue River just a few miles west of the Inn. Other visitors that have signed the guest register include Carol Lombard and Orson Wells.
Between 1975 and 1979, the Inn was acquired by the State of Oregon and restored. Oregon State Parks Foundation assisted in the development of an interpretive photo display that summarizes the history of the Inn.
It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and operated as a bed-and-breakfast inn by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.