Trail closure: Hindman Springs Area is closed December 4-13, 2017

Dec 04, 2017
Camp Polk Meadow Preserve's Hindman Springs Area is currently closed through December 13th. Read more about the closure.

December 4, 2017: Hindman Springs Area Closure:

Camp Polk Meadow Preserve's Hindman Springs Area is closed December 4, 2017 through December 13, 2017. We are working to stabilize the Hindman Barn and will have heavy equipment and construction crews in the area. Please respect the closure as it is for your safety. If you want to see how the stabilization project is going, check out our update from this week!


The historic Hindman Barn at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Steve Pedersen.
The historic Hindman Barn at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Steve Pedersen.

Why are we stabilizing the Hindman Barn?

The Hindman barn was built in 1871 and was part of Hindman Station, a historic stopping place along the Santiam Wagon Road. The barn was originally a 75’x50’ post and beam barn with mortise and tenon joints. Active use of the barn ended in the 1960’s.

In 1990 a windstorm severely damaged the failing roof, after which the owners removed the remaining section of roof and all of the siding. In 2000, when the Deschutes Land Trust acquired the land and created Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, the remains of the barn were shored up and supported by cables and rope. However, the barn timbers continued to deteriorate and destabilize.

The Land Trust has worked for many years to determine the best way to preserve the remains of the Hindman Barn. This included consulting with Deschutes County and its Historical Landmarks Commission, the Sisters Historical Society, and a descendant of the Hindman family. Together we decided the best route would be to stabilize the remaining structure so future generations could learn its story.

In November of 2017, the Land Trust received a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation's Historic Trail Fund to begin preservation work. Our plan includes:

  • Removing rotten sills and rotten portions of vertical posts.
  • Jacking up and stabilizing all post bottoms.
  • Re-pegging dislocated posts.
  • Making the structure plumb and stabilizing it with knee braces and guy wires.
  • Marking the extent of the original barn footprint.

We anticipate this work will be completed by December 15, 2017. Please check back for updates before planning your next visit.

About the Hindman Springs Preservation and Restoration

This barn stabilization is the first phase of a larger effort to preserve and provide interpretation on the historic Hindman Springs portion of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. We re-built the Hindman Springs Area trail in August of 2017, are now working to preserve the Hindman barn and homesite, and will work to restore native vegetation over the next year.

Many thanks to the Oregon Community Foundation Historic Trails Fund, the Roundhouse Foundation, the Laird Norton Foundation, East Cascade Audubon Society, and private donors for making the Hindman Springs Area Preservation and Restoration possible. 

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