PROJECT PARTNER: Deschutes National Forest, OR
Inspired by the destitute conditions of 17th-century England, a group of citizens banded together to provide small amounts of charity to the most vulnerable populations. An observer commented, “it is odd that a person might help another and expect nothing in return.” Thus, the Odd Fellows were born. In 1819, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was founded in North America. Odd Fellows are committed to the principles of “Friendship, Love and Truth,” which they practice through charitable acts and managing fellowship lodges. Paulina Lake in Deschutes National Forest, OR is the site of a group of IOOF cabins. They are built primarily of native lava rock and pine and are emblematic of the “folk” architecture emblematic of Depression-era buildings in the forested Pacific Northwest.
Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, which makes up the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. According to the Deschutes National Forest, “In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 54,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Cascades, Newberry Caldera and across the High Desert.”