Thursday, August 08, 2013

Fort Umpqua in Elkton, Oregon

 Construction of the Fort Umpqua complex is a work in progress.
Currently the stockade is complete as well as two of the three buildings that were part of the original fort design.

 As the southernmost outpost of the Hudson Bay Company, Fort Umpqua represented the British claim on the Oregon territory during the time of western expansion.

 When beaver pelts, collected by trappers, were no longer used for trade items...

 Fort Umpqua remained as an agricultural center.
 There are gardens surrounding the Fort and even a small garden has been created within the complex.

Sharyn talked with one of the men working on a new building within the grounds while I ran around taking pictures.

 There is a museum in one of the current buildings...

 ... and many wonderful exhibits.

 I especially liked the lookout towers.

 Fort Umpqua is credited with being the first white settlement in southern Oregon...

the first farm...
 ... (love the scarecrow)..
 ...and the gardens are fantastic...

 ... and all the plants are identified

 Across highway 38 was this cool looking orchard...

 ..and on the perimeter of the fort is this stand that looks like a nesting perch but I never found out for sure.

Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree is an evergreen tree growing to 130 ft tall with a 7 ft trunk diameter. The tree is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. Because of the great age of this species it is sometimes described as a living fossil. Its conservation status was enhanced to Endangered 2013 due to its declining numbers.

1 comment:

Smita said...

380lovely .


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