Tiller Wigwam

Tiller Oregon is located in Douglas County, about an hours drive southeast of Roseburg. It’s on the South Umpqua River, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been through there — when I was significantly younger than I am now. It is definitely off the beaten path. That’s why I’m delighted that Wade Rhodes shared these photos of the Tiller Wigwam. I had no idea it was such a beautiful, well-preserved structure. For the wigwam-aficionados out there — you know who you are! — it looks like it is worth seeking out. (GPS coordinates are 42.97822, -122.86976).

Thanks Wade, for sharing!




If you know anything about the history of the Tiller wigwam, or have a personal story about it, please share in the comment below.

2 thoughts on “Tiller Wigwam

  1. I’ve been there last summer, it’s actually in an unincorporated area called Jackson Creek between Tiller and South Umpqua Falls. My family moved to Riddle, OR in 1960, which was ringed by wigwam burners, all since torn down with the advent of “particle board.”


  2. I grew up in Tiller, in fact right across the street to this wigwam burner. Back then it wasn’t being used as a burner but the structure was there and able to get up to it from the road that let to it. This place was pretty secret and hidden by the trees that used to surround it. It has only been in the last 5 to 10 years that they cut the trees down so people could enjoy the sight. My cousins and I used to go up there and play on this, we would climb the ladder to the top around the screen part. There was a walkway that went all the way around. We would yell from the inside to listen to the echo. Us kids would even sneak up there when people were up there having parties. We would scratch the outside of the burner, throw rocks at the burner and take sticks to scrap along the burner to scare the crap out of people. Sometimes it would work other times people would come looking, by then us kids would already be across the street and in the bushes. I think back and wonder how us kids didn’t die. I have many years of memories playing around this place, riding our bikes up and picking up all the cans people left from parties. I sure miss those days.


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