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JEFFERSON, Ore. — Oregon’s first state park superintendent, Samuel H. Boardman, envisioned a coastal park in Curry County. He preferred a National Park, but when that wasn’t possible, he foresaw a state park, the present-day, 1,470-acre Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.
The state acquired most of the land between 1949 and 1957, purchasing from private owners and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and receiving more than 304 acres from a British borax company.
Boardman, born in Massachusetts in 1874, came to Oregon in 1903, platted the Columbia River town of Boardman, and served as park superintendent from 1929 to 1950. During that time, he increased the number of parks from 46 to 181, and their acreage from 4,000 acres to 66,000.
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