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Silver Falls State Park

OPB | Nov. 3, 2011 8:30 p.m.

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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  • Christine and David Vernier
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