The Silvies School Picnic Area is a privately-owned rest stop located ten miles south of Seneca, Oregon in the Silvies Valley. The old schoolhouse includes several deskchairs in neat rows, a flag and a potbelly stove. Behind the building is this barn where students once left their horses during class after riding to school.
The front yard includes an up-to-date playground, a covered picnic area and two nice bathrooms with flushing toilets, sinks and baby changing tables.
Informational signs tell the story of the area, that the town, valley, ranch and river are named for Captain Antonine Sylvaille who came to the valley to trap beaver.
The site was where the Silvies Post Office once stood, opening in 1892 with Adelaide Cross serving as the first postmaster there. The Silvies School was built after the post office and was last used around 1940.
There were once three schools and over 70 ranches in the Silvies Valley.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.