Winter Sports Area – Union Creek OR

City:
Union Creek, OR

Site Type:
Parks and Recreation, Winter Sports

New Deal Agencies:
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Conservation and Public Lands, Work Relief Programs, US Forest Service (USFS)

Started:
1935

Completed:
1935

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Union Creek Historic District on the upper Rogue River in Union Creek, Oregon, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places because it is a fine representative of a type of rustic resort popular in the early 20th century and has been little altered since the 1930s.  

There are almost one hundred buildings and other facilities in the Union Creek Historic District, almost all of which conform to the Forest Service plans of the 1920s and 30s.  Roughly a third were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1933 to 1942. CCC enrollees worked during summer from 1933 to 1942 out of the seasonal Upper Rogue River CCC camp (a Forest Service camp). 

One of the CCC projects was to construct a winter sports area in 1935.  It included a short downhill ski slope, rope tow and warming shelter — a half-open wooden shelter with a large, triangular, open-hearth, stone fireplace.

The rope tow has disappeared and the area is used for general snow play now, but the old stone fireplace remains.

 

 

 

Source notes

Elizabeth Gail Throop, Union Creek Historic District Nomination Form, submitted by US Forest Service Regional Office, Portland OR, 1980.  Union Creek Historic District Nomination Form

 

 

 

Site originally submitted by Richard Walker on June 16, 2022.

Location Info


Highway 62
Union Creek, OR 97536

Coordinates: 42.915670, -122.4330

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