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Silver Falls State Park


1.5 million people every year make Silver Falls State Park the most popular state park in Oregon. They may be surprised to learn that 80 years ago that a town sat there, the area was full of stumps and the biggest waterfall was a daredevil’s playground. Silver Falls was saved by a single-minded photographer determined to protect it for everyone to enjoy.

First Broadcast: 2011
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Todd Sonflieth
Videographer: Nicholas Fisher
Videographer: Michael Bendixen
Photos Courtesy: Oregon Historical Society, Guy Faussett, Oregon State Parks, Caroline Bender
Video Courtesy: Newsfilm Archive - Univ. of So. Carolina

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Zumwalt Cooperation; Nature Sound Recordings; Silver Falls State Park

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2305
Original Broadcast: November 3, 2011