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A metal cylinder about a foot tall with a pump handle on top and a hose coming out the lid. It's sitting on a wood table.
A grease pump to lubricate the massive equipment used to operate the Sumpter Dredge in Sumpter. The dredge brought industrial methods to gold mining and left environmental damage in its wake. (Oregon State Archives, 2017)
Get a high resolution copy of this pump in the Oregon Scenic Images Collection​.

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Credits and Acknowledgements

Gallery Exhibit

Brett Fuller
Ali Mackie
A wooden cylinder with a metal rod through the center is mounted on a rectangular metal stand.
Equipment at the Sumpter Dredge in Sumpter. The dredge is a State Heritage Area operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives, 2017) Enlarge Image
Dani Morley
Theresa Rea
Ben Zeiner
Oregon State Archives staff, interns, and volunteers