Just like today, vehicles arriving at Camp Abbot passed over a railroad bridge. The first thing on their right was a medical demonstration area (now Antelope and Bobcat Lanes), with the post stockade just beyond. The gas chamber, where troops trained in chemical warfare defense, was near Hare and Jay Lanes.

    The post included a 411-bed hospital complex that stretched from the current business park to near Parkland and East Park Lanes. There were numerous training fields, barracks, dining facilities and warehouses. There was a post motor pool, coal storage area and sewage treatment plant. (Sunriver Owners Association still uses one of the sedimentary tanks, now called a round house, for maintenance work and storage.)

    Today  there  are  some  1,200  permanent residents  and more than 4,000 homes and condominiums, many of which are second  homes owned by people  who live up and down th West Coast, across the  country  and  around  the  world. Many are available as vacation rentals and these, combined with the Resorts overnight lodging facilities, host as many as 15,000 visitors a day in the heat of the summer and during winter holidays.

Sunriver has a long and rich history dating back hundreds if not thousands of years. From its beginnings  as a trappers rendezvous point to a World War II training area, modern day Sunriver has become  a paradise for all to enjoy. 

Portions of this article were contributed by Brad A. Ward MD and Jonathan Kahnoski.

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    Out in the meadow, two rifle ranges (stretching from today's airport runway to River Road) echoed with the sound of rapid fire.  Beyond them was the anti-tank range.  More than 90,00 combat engineers wertraineat  Camp Abbot  before iabruptly  closed in June 1944.

    In the  years following WWII, some of the former Camp Abbot land was returned to  the  U.S. Forest  Service, bu 5,50 0 acres were sold as private land. The  propert  change hands multiple times until 196 5 when John Gray and Donald McCallum obtained the  land  fo development, forming Sunriver Properties.

    Th Sunriver  Lodg was constructed, as were the stables, Meadows Golf Course and an airstrip. Additionally,large areas for residential home  sites  were  plotted. Th bike paths  wer created, although were originally designed for use by electric golf carts as an alternative  mean of transportation. Lot sale and  home construction  bega in 1968.

    By  the  time  John  Gray sol the resort property to the Connecticut Mutual  Life  InsurancCompany in 1974,  som 600  private  homes an condominiums ha been  built.  During a severe economic  recession in the 1970s, 2,200 of Sunrivers original 5,500 acres were sol back to the U.S. Forest Service.  By 1979 the numbe  o privately  owned  homes had doubled to 1,200.  I1993  Sunriver  Resort  Limited Partnership purchased Sunriver Resort and began  a capital improvement campaign that continue to this day.


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