Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site

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Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site
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Picnic area
Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site is located in Oregon
Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site
Type Public, state
Location Polk, County, Oregon
Nearest city Monmouth
Coordinates 44°46′54″N 123°14′16″W / 44.7817863°N 123.2378769°W / 44.7817863; -123.2378769Coordinates: 44°46′54″N 123°14′16″W / 44.7817863°N 123.2378769°W / 44.7817863; -123.2378769[1]
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site, also known as Helmick Park, is a state park located south of Monmouth, in Polk County, Oregon, United States. It is located on the floodplain of the Luckiamute River and is forested by Bigleaf Maple, Douglas-fir, and Black Cottonwood trees, among other varieties. The park is named for Sarah Helmick, a pioneer to Oregon in 1845 who donated the original land.


History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

The land for the park was the first land acquired by what was then the State Highway Commission for use as a park when Sarah Helmick donated 5.16 acres (2.09 ha) and James and Amanda Helmick donated 0.3 acres (0.12 ha) on February 15, 1922.[2]

The park's namesake, Sarah Helmick (1823-1924), was an Oregon pioneer who settled a donation land claim which included the park land with her husband during the second half of the 1840s.[3] The resident of Albany, Oregon gifted the original parcel of land for use as an "automobile campground."[3]

Expansion[edit]

In 1948, 23.65 acres (95,700 m2) were purchased and added to the park, followed by a gift of 1.7 acres (0.69 ha) later that same year.[2] Currently a day-use only park, the park used to have overnight camping facilities.[2]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarah Helmick State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b c Chester H. Armstrong, Oregon State Parks: History, 1917-1963. Salem, OR: Oregon State Highway Department, 1965; pg. 185.
  3. ^ a b "Mrs. S. Helmick Dies in Albany," Corvallis Gazette-Times, vol. 16, no. 202 (Dec. 24, 1924), pg. 1.

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