Monthly Archives: October 2015

Museum Society Announces 2015 Annual Meeting

Historic photos from the museum collection show residents of Camp Carson.

Eastern Oregon University Professor Linda Reed-Jerofke will speak at the Union County Museum Society’s annual meeting Friday, October 16, at 7 p.m. The event takes place in the Little White Church, beside City Hall and across Main Street from the museum in Union. Admission for the event is free and everyone is invited.

ProfessorReed-Jerofke will talk about the historic Camp Carson mining camp. Reed-Jerofke and Eastern Oregon University Professor Rory Becker have recently conducted archeology projects in the area of the camp with their students, in hopes of learning more about the site and the people who mined there.

The camp is located near Tanner Gulch, about 21 miles south of La Grande. Gold rush speculators and Chinese miners mined the area. War Department Maps of 1877 also mention the camp, suggesting it might have been a military establishment.

Dating back to the 1860s, Camp Carson was a mining camp on the upper reaches of the Grande Ronde River. Early gold seekers may have named it after the Carson City area of Nevada. 

The annual meeting also includes a brief recap of the season, election of the board of directors and approval of the 2016 budget.

Refreshments will follow the presentation and discussion. Membership is encouraged and is required to vote.

After a rewarding season, the museum closes October 9 and opens again Mother’s Day, 2016.