Ghost Town

/ˈɡōs(t) ˌtoun/
noun

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.