Ghost Town

/ˈɡōs(t) ˌtoun/

a deserted town with few or no remaining inhabitants.

Granite, OR


Nowadays nearly all ghost towns are inhabited to some extent and most of the remaining structures are on private property so you just can’t go nosing around. This little house has been an ongoing restoration project for the last 10 years or so.


Old Store


Many of the mining ghost towns are high in the mountains and can only be accessed by snow mobile during the winter months. One exception is Granite, OR.  which even has a mayor, town council and a population of 36.



In Whitney, you can drive down the old main street although all the old houses are fenced off.



This little rustic gem is available as a vacation rental. Just bring your whiskey and a deck of cards.



This old gold dredge may be as big as some ghost towns but it is just a ghost. It is the centerpiece of the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area. There are 72 buckets on the chain weighing is at a ton a piece.



The town of Hardman is just a wide spot in the highway where the old buildings comprise yard art for the few, more contemporary, dwellings.

Just as old and still being used are the county courthouses in Heppner, Enterprise and Prineville.  Check them out if you are in the neighborhood.


The Old Gacillia Nut Scam


Odgen’s Nut Gone Caper



Happy Nut

I’ve learned a thing or two about nuts having lived in California most of my life. When someone tells me they want to import pistachios (they all pretty much come from California & Iran) and the elusive gacillias (don’t exist) I thought he was, you guessed it, NUTS!  I decided to hum a few bars and see if he would play along….

Inquiry Through Website:

Name Larry Koch
Company Name Robb Nut Ent
Company Location New York
Questions or Comments I need a website created for my business. Can you handle that for me?

My Response:


Thank you for your interest in I can handle creating a website for your business. To get started I need to know the following:

1. Name of business.
2. Type of business.
3. Do you have a domain name
3. What you want the website to do for your business. (catalog, brochure, customer service, portfolio etc.)
4. Do you have a business plan for the website?
5. Does the company have graphic assets?
6. Does the company have a creative department?
That should get us started down the road to figuring out what you want and need to do.

Then I Get This….



Sorry for the late response, I am not feeling too well so I’m taking things slowly. I am glad to read back from you. My wife and I have a small scale business which we intend to turn into large scale, It is located in Salem, NY and it is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Almond Nut, Hazel nut, Pistachio, Gacillia Nut and Cashew nut so I need a good layout design for it. Can you handle that for me? I need you to check out this site but I need something similar if possible

 the site would only be informational. Kindly give me an estimate based on the sample website, the estimate should include hosting. We do not want more than 15pages for the site as we want it to only be informational and a Contact Us page is obviously needed. I have a project consultant that is working on the text content and logos for the site.

We do not want Videos and blogs for the site
We want only English language

We don’t have a domain yet but we want the domain name as

You will be updating the site for me.
We want the site up and running by the end of next Month or by August unfailingly
My budget is $3,000 to $10,000
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate
(2) your cell phone number

(3) And will like to know if you are the owner of the company



Looks Like, walks like, types like…..must be a Gacillia nut