Dyer State Wayside

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Coordinates: 45°07′28″N 120°11′13″W / 45.12444°N 120.18694°W / 45.12444; -120.18694
Dyer State Wayside
Oregon State Park
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Dyer State Wayside
Name origin: J.W. Dyer, land donor
Country United States
State Oregon
District Gilliam County
Elevation 2,438 ft (743 m)
Coordinates 45°07′28″N 120°11′13″W / 45.12444°N 120.18694°W / 45.12444; -120.18694
Area 0.6 acres (0.2 ha)
Founded 1931; renovated 1997
Management Oregon Parks and Recreation Department; Dyer Partners (volunteers)
Easiest access Oregon Route 19
Location of Dyer State Wayside in Oregon

Dyer State Wayside, a rest stop with picnic tables and public toilets, lies about 10 miles (16 km) miles south of Condon, along Oregon Route 19.1 Named for J.W. Dyer, who gave the land to the state in 1931, it occupies 0.6 acres (2,000 m2) in a narrow canyon along a branch of Thirty Mile Creek1 at an elevation of 2,438 feet (743 m).2

In 1997, a group of volunteers called Dyer Partners renovated the park, which had become "an overgrown weed patch with rotting picnic tables".3 They trimmed locust trees, built fences, repaired picnic tables, and planted fruit trees. The federal Bureau of Land Management donated two surplus toilets; the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department built vaults for the toilets and installed an irrigation system, and Gilliam County road crews made pathways and improved the parking lot.3

See also


  1. ^ a b Bannan, Jan Gumprecht (2002). Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (second edition). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 212. ISBN 0-89886-794-0. 
  2. ^ "Dyer State Park". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey (USGS). May 22, 1986. Retrieved July 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Peterson, Tom (Winter 2007–08). "Park partners re-discover forgotten wayside". Volunteer Voice. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved July 10, 2008. 

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