Historical Museum exhibit opens Saturday

The Red Devils and Participants of the Redhead Roundup pose in the 1930s. (Courtesy photo)

The North Lincoln County Historical Museum is opening up a devilish new exhibit: “The Devils of North County.”

The Red Devils group formed in Taft and Devils Lake in 1933 to promote events like “The Redhead Roundup” and the “Devils Lake Regatta.” The group promoted events and entertained visitors with different shenanigans, including kidnapping redheads and throwing them in the ocean or lake, holding mock weddings and other general tomfoolery. The local businessmen had a large part in the success of tourism here in North Lincoln County, and were key in the “20 Miracle Miles Campaign.”

This exhibit will showcase Red Devils photos, quotes from those who have experienced them and artifacts — including a four-foot-tall parade float devil head, several Red Devil costumes and more. This temporary exhibit will open on Saturday, Feb. 8, and run for the whole year.

The public is welcome to attend the opening at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, 4907 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. There is no charge for admission. For more information call 541-996-6614.


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