On any given day drivers blast through towns on their to someplace my self included however, at times it does the soul wonder to get off the beaten path and spend a few minutes or longer in exploration. Last week my legs were cramping in the cockpit of my Camry so in Elkton pull off the road into the Alfred S. Tyson park. Named for a former mayor the park is situated on the banks of the Umpqua next to a well maintained RV park allowing for a peaceful, quiet sanctuary far from the maddening crowd.
A few weeks ago I was through here as the fall season wound down and this time last week when I stopped their was a nice surprise awaiting as it seems the caretakers of the park setup a simple, yet pleasing Christmas display. This is what I like about small towns just the right amount of decoration sets the mind to wonder and my did back into the past.
Elkton was founded in 1850 around Fort Umpqua, a replica is just a quarter of a mile down the road, which was setup by the Hudson Bay Company in 1836 at the confluence of Elk Creek and the Umpqua River, about 195 residents call Elkton home. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is falling Elkton’s history (which isn’t extensive but that is part of it’s charm) along with boating, hiking, fishing, and scenic drives is an year round destination to get away from it all even if for just a few minutes.