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Most Endangered Places – 2017, Restore Oregon

The Oregon Caves Historic District is a complex of significant rustic buildings built between 1922 and 1942 to accommodate guests and operations at the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve. While the buildings retain their character and unique integrity, the historic district needs a strong commitment of funding from private donors and foundations to show Read More »

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Help restore the Third Great Lodge

Your support has helped us to build needed expertise and to strengthen the organization. As we begin planning for the first phase of the Capital Campaign, we will continue to depend on you. We strive to continue to earn your support.

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Birthplace of the View Master – purchase a Commemorative Set…..

Invented at the Oregon Caves – The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau have created a Commemorative set of 3D reels and viewer. Buy yours here: http://oregon-caves.mybigcommerce.com/ The three reels show  the interior of the Oregon Caves, historic and current photos of the National Historic Landmark Lodge –  Oregon Caves Chateau, Read More »

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Help us tell the story of the Oregon Caves

An important part of our work is to gather and share memories and experiences of the Oregon Caves and Chateau.

Please send us photos and stories of you and your family’s visits to the Caves. Or if you worked here, were a part of the CCC camp or the Oregon Caves Company, please share those memories.

These are very important recollections for us!

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The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, was formed in 2008 in cooperation with the National Park Service to preserve, protect and improve the cultural and natural resources of the monument.  The first major project the Friends will undertake is to restore the Oregon Caves Chateau. However, there is much more to do!  Below, you will find more information about all the restoration projects that the Friends will undertake.

Please join us in helping to fulfill our mission to “preserve the cultural resources of the Oregon Caves National Monument”.

Restoration

View of the Chateau in 1938

The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau is a non-profit corporation working with the National Park Service in the preservation, stewardship and improvement of the cultural and natural resources of the Oregon Caves National Monument.

The Friends benefit the Monument through the concern, care and philanthropy of dedicated individuals assembled by the Friends.

There are so many ways you can join in the excitement as we share the magic of the remarkable marble caves at the Oregon Caves National Monument, and help preserve this legacy for future generations.

Once the most visited place in Oregon, and loved by so many, we look forward to your stories, photos and support. Please take a second to look through our restoration projects below.

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Cave Legends

The Oregon Cavemen

The Oregon Caves National Monument was declared a National Monument by President Howard Taft in 1909 after adventurer and nature writer Joaquin Miller published an article in the Sunset Magazine “The Marble Halls of Oregon”. Discovered in 1874 by Elijah Davidson this natural wonder was already receiving over 20,000 visitors a year, most traveling by horseback.

For over 100 years, visitors have enjoyed the remarkable Oregon Caves National Monument. The Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark has been welcoming guests for over 75 years. Nestled high in the splendor of the botanically rich Siskiyou Mountains, most visitors remember the experience for a lifetime.

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An NPS Ranger Speaks to a Crowd Gathered at the Caves

For over 100 years, visitors from all over the United States and foreign countries have enjoyed the remarkable Oregon Caves National Monument.  Nestled high in the splendor of the botanically rich Siskiyou Mountains, generations of families have returned to enjoy cave tours, hiking and learning about the rare marble cave geology of the region.   The Oregon Caves Chateau, a National  Historic Landmark and the primary historic structure in the Monument, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been welcoming guests for almost 75 years.

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