This outdoor self-guided museum was established to preserve, interpret, and restore the mining history that played such a major role in the development of Sumpter.
The Oregon State Parks Dredge Heritage Area, and its centerpiece – the Yuba style dredge – just across the street tells the story of how gold was dredged from area rivers and streams. However, much more gold was mined from the underground mines than was ever recovered by the dredge. It is the heritage of these mines, and the miners that operated them that is commemorated at the Cracker Creek Museum of Mining.
The museum grounds are located on the East side of the highway as you enter Sumpter from Baker City. The site currently has a variety of outdoor equipment displays, complete with signage that explains what the equipment is, and how it was used.
Future projects include additional signage and a restoration shop that will double as a display building.
The Cracker Creek Museum of Mining is open to the public all year long for self exploration. Guided tours can be scheduled by calling 559-706-7790.
For more information visit www.Sumpteroregon.com