|Mount Vernon, Oregon|
With his excellent bloodline, Mount Vernon was prominently known as a high-class racing stallion. His safety was assured with his high-class stone stable and he went on to live out 42 years in his retirement home.
|Mount Vernon Fort|
This fort is still standing on the north side of Highway 26 - about 3 miles east of Mount Vernon. A fence was built around it to preserve the structure from elements of nature, which can include frequenting wild-life and grazing cattle.
Mount Vernon is situated in the scenic Aldrich Mountains that is part of the larger Blue Mountains range, one of which is called "Cinnabar Mountain". Located close to the town, this mountain contained an ore called cinnabar which was used in mining. It is a primary ore of mercury and utilized by placer miners in nearby Canyon City and vicinity in the gold rush of the 1860's in recovering gold from stream sediments. Like several other red materials in nature, cinnabar was often known as "dragons blood" in earlier times because of its' vibrant red color. The mine has been abandoned for many years following the decline of gold-mining operations in the early 1900's.
|Cinnabar Mountain Rendezvous Parade|
|Mount Vernon Sunrise|
Since today is Memorial Day, check out this post that I wrote last year entitled, "The Rite of Remembrance" in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The link is:
|"To Make Men Free" by Norman Rockwell|
A lyric from "Taps"
Falling light... falling night...
Trumpet calls the sun sinks in flight
Sleep in peace, comrades dear...
God is near.