CAMP CARSON MINING DISTRICT: A COOPERATIVE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT BETWEEN THE WALLOWA WHITMAN FOREST AND EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
Fri., 8:45 AM
This presentation documents the first two years of the cooperative project between the Wallowa Whitman National Forest (Forest) and Eastern Oregon University (EOU) on the Camp Carson Mining District. The initial activities have concentrated on the formation of a working relationship between the two entities through the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It is a means of developing a relationship between the Forest Service and the local community as well as a way to conduct a greater range of research. The highlight of the two years involved the relationship between the EOU Anthropology and Sociology and the Forest’s Archaeology Programs. The focus has been on providing field experiences to university students while gaining important historical information concerning this mining camp. In fall 2009, EOU and Forest personnel were able to conduct an initial survey of the Camp Carson site as well as outlying associated features. Intensive research continued in summer and fall 2009, which included oral histories with local residents, systematic excavation of the the town site, federal and state records search, as well as detailed mapping of the town.