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Wyeth is an unincorporated locale in Hood River County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is the site of a campground area in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area off Interstate 84 (I-84).

It was a railway station and had a post office between 1901 and 1936.[2] It was named after explorer Nathaniel J. Wyeth, builder of Fort Hall (today's Pocatello, Idaho) and the Fort William trading post on Sauvie Island.[2] The area is now home to the Wyeth State Recreation Area.[3][4]

Wyeth is located 51 miles east of Portland at exit #51 of I-84, and 1/4 mile west on Herman Creek Road. It is a trailhead for Wyeth Trail #411, the Gorge Trail #400, and Gorton Creek Falls.[4]

History

Wyeth was an early settlement site. It became the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in the 1930s. In the 1940s, it was the site of Camp 21, a Civilian Public Service camp for Conscientious Objectors that took over the abandoned CCC facility during World War II.[4][5] Residents of the camp included architect Kemper Nomland and actor, director and playwright Kermit Sheets.

References

  1. ^ "Wyeth". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1152669. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  2. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 1060–1061. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  3. ^ Wyeth Columbia River Images
  4. ^ a b c Wyeth Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  5. ^ Charles Davis and Jeffrey Kovac Confrontation at the Locks; A Protest of Japanese Removal and Incarceration during World War II, Oregon Historical Quarterly

Coordinates: 45°41′26″N 121°46′11″W / 45.6906728°N 121.7697982°W / 45.6906728; -121.7697982

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