The Oregonian visited the state’s first nudist colony in 1935 — and got an eyeful

Oregon is no stranger to nudity. Our state is home to amenities galore for nude recreation, including two nude beaches, clothing-optional hot springs, the world’s largest naked bike ride and four nude resorts.

The oldest of those resorts, Squaw Mountain Ranch, first opened in 1933 as “The Hesperian Society” a nudist colony in the woods near Estacada. Two years later, enterprising Oregonian reporter Edward M. Miller and photographer Frank Sterrett paid a visit, “prompted by an active case of Acute Curiosity.”

Their visit, and the early days of Oregon’s nude recreation, were captured in Miller’s colorful narration, printed in the Sunday Oregonian on Aug. 11, 1935. (The story is reprinted here, edited for length and with some words omitted due to illegibility from scanning the original copy of the newspaper.) Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Squaw Mountain Ranch

Original publication Jun 20, 2017

Posted on NatCorn 8th September 2018

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