Eastern Oregon Ghost Towns

Save

Embark on a fascinating tour of Oregon’s most fascinating ghost towns, mining camps, fishing villages, lumber towns, and historic forts! With 18 officially designated “ghost towns” still on the map, Oregon is reported to more ghost towns than any other … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations: , , , , , , ,
Categories: , ,
Interests: ,


4 Days in Rugged Country

Save

Day 1 Boardman • Boardman is a great jumping-off point for visitors to eastern Oregon. This little town has grown quite literally from a “wayside” stop in 1962 to a bustling industrial and recreational destination. With the mighty Columbia River … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations: , , , , , , , ,
Categories: , , , ,
Interests: , , ,


4 Days to John Day and Southeast Oregon

Save

Day 1 Ontario • Gaining a perspective on the cultures of this region is a great way to start the tour. The Four Rivers Cultural Center Museum focuses on the five unique cultures that settled what became known as the … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Categories: , , , , , , ,
Interests: , , , ,


Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

Save

Uncommonly rich in history, this route tells stories of fortunes made and lost, of Chinese laborers, of towns boomed and busted, of timber, agriculture, and pioneer settlers. It also tells a special story of the earth’s history; of sea beds … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations: , , , , , , , , , ,
Categories: , , , , ,
Interests: , ,


Whitney

Save

Early 1900s railroad shipping center for the local mining camps. Located just south of SH 7, 11 miles southwest of Sumpter. A late 1890s/early 1900s logging camp, freighting and commercial center whose remains include a small handful of old buildings. … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

Save

The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute is a new, educational non-profit in Fossil, Oregon, dedicated to connecting the public with Oregon’s natural and geologic history. OPLI is developing education-based tourism in rural Wheeler County, OR as part of regional economic development. … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: , , , , , ,

Show Map

Sumpter

Save

Tucked away in the trees and nestled in Oregon’s Elkhorn Mountain Range, lies the historic gold mining town of Sumpter. **Sumpter got its start in the 1860s when three Carolinans settled and started farming. They called their homestead Fort Sumter, … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests: , ,

Show Map

Sparta

Save

The Eagle Creek area of old mining camps is where one will find Sparta. But Sparta wasn’t always Sparta. First it was Koster, then Eagle City, then Gem and finally Sparta. William H. Packwood, a civic leader in Gem, proposed … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Richmond

Save

An 1890s agricultural ghost in the northeastern grasslands, 11 miles east of SH 207 and north of Mitchell. About five miles south of Service. During the years when the town was active there was a school, M-E Church, community center, … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Lonerock

Save

A crossroads travel and agricultural center on Lonerock Creek, 15 miles southeast of SH 206, at a point five miles east of Condon. It was originally settled in 1881, but by WW I was nearly deserted. The town had a … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Horse Haven

Save

Early 1900s-1930s mercury mining town east of Ashwood. Once had a population of 100 or so.

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Granite

Save

A late 1800s gold mining town that once had 5000 people. It is 15 miles northwest of Sumpter, in the northeastern corner of the county about 45 miles out of Baker City. The first gold was found on July 4, … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Greenback

Save

Early 1900s placer mining company town, on a winding dirt road three miles north of Placer. Later the Greenback Mine produced about a million dollars in gold before shutting down. Source: Ghost Town USA

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Hardman

Save

A travel center and agricultural ghost town on Oregon’s eastern grasslands. It is located on SH 207, nine miles south of Ruggs and 20 south of Heppner. Hardman was founded in the 1870s, and the post office was established in … Continue reading

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Galena

Save

An 1860s gold mining town about 20 miles north of Prairie City. Source: Ghost Town USA

Bookmark and Share
Locations:
Categories: ,
Interests:

Show Map

Displaying 15 entries.