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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Type Public, state
Location Curry County, Oregon, United States
42°05′23″N 124°19′52″W / 42.089787°N 124.331212°W / 42.089787; -124.331212Coordinates: 42°05′23″N 124°19′52″W / 42.089787°N 124.331212°W / 42.089787; -124.331212
Opened 1949
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a linear state park in southwestern Oregon, U.S.. It is twelve miles (19 km) long and thickly forested along steep and rugged coastline with a few small sand beaches. It is named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent.[1]

It is located from 3 miles (4.8 km) to 15 miles (24 km) north of Brookings, Oregon, between the Pacific Ocean and U.S. Route 101. The north end abuts the Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint. More than fourteen named creeks cross the corridor.

The Oregon Coast Trail meanders for about 27 miles (43 km) in the park, among 300-year old sitka spruce trees, and several natural arches and bridges. There is beach access, some sand dunes,

The Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Oregon Islands Wilderness protect wildlife and habitat on all of the approximately 130 rocks and islands along the corridor's shore.


The area was used by Native Americans and, later, several abandoned mining operations still have visible ruins.

The first acquisition for the park was 121 acres (49 ha) purchased in May 1949. There were at least additional twelve purchases made by May 1957. The Oregon Parks commission received its first alien gift of 367.0 acres (149 ha) made in 1950 by Borax Consolidated, Ltd of London, which retains the right to mine underground minerals such as borax. The company acquired the land around 1880 for mining purposes.[2]

Park attendance in 1963 was 148,584 visitors. There never has been any overnight facilities.[2]


  1. ^ "Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  
  2. ^ a b Chester H. Armstrong (July 1, 1965) (pdf). History of the Oregon State Parks. pp. 184. Retrieved 2008-05-28. "Another tract, 304.10 acres (1.2306 km2) to parks and 62.90 to right of way, was a gift from the Borax Consolidated, Limited, of London, England, in 1950. Milo K. McIver, a State Highway Commissioner at the time, honored the officials of Borax Consolidated in November, 1950, by personally accepting, at their London office, the deed from the English concern conveying the land to the State of Oregon, and at the same time delivering to them a letter from the Highway Commission accepting their generous gift. ... A plaque has been placed in the park commemorating the gift from Borax Consolidated, Limited, of London, England. It was placed near Lone Ranch Creek at the southern end of the gift area. Dedication was in May, 1962. The gift from Borax Consolidated bears the distinction of being the first grant made by an alien owner in the history of the Commission."  

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