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Old 08-12-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Hello All,

Over the last couple of months I've been working on a HUGE project with Google Earth.

Located at [http://www.1nova.com/photoblog/?p=240]Oregon History, presented in Google Earth | PNW Photoblog[/url] , this file shows (in Google Earth) locations of Ghost Towns, Historic Sites and events, Shipwrecks and old Forts. Each entry has a bit of history of the location and usually links to more info.

The project is far from complete, I'm only about 25% through ghost towns and I have hundreds of more historic locations to add as I research them.

Any comments, suggestions, and additions are welcomed.
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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Looks like a good site--I'll have to look at it at work where I have high speed connection instead of the home dial-up.
My family's from Oregon, I used to live and teach history in eastern Oregon.
Please let me know, DM me, email me if you want any help with anything--if I can't help, I may know someone who can.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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If you have any family stories, notes, letters, etc, of towns that no longer exist would be helpful.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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You might do some looking about a couple of EO (used to be) towns that were not far from where I used to live....
Hardman, Wetmore, Sumpter, Cayuse. In SE Oregon, Fields, and Andrews come to mind.
Last I was there, Hardman had maybe 10 people left. Wetmore was just gone. Sumpter still has enough people that they kind of make a deal out of being a ghost town...kind of like Shaniko.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Hardman has about 50 people, 25 are full time residents, the other 25 live there in the summer. The old General Store building in town is now the historical society and they're doing a pretty good job in general of restoring the town. I was going to try to visit this summer but haven't made it yet.

I do not have Cayuse and Fields on my list. Do you know any history about them?
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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Haven't been to Hardman for 8 years--used to live close--the historical society hadn't been in the old store for long at that point.
No history about the other 2--Cayuse was on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and I've understood that it was the original Indian Agency site and has been moved to it's present site.
Fields and Andrews is in either Harney or Malheur county--I forget which--just off Steens Mountain.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Wow, forgot about this thread. I've been busy adding to this file and have also been traveling to locations for pictures.

The newest addition is a link to Google Maps so Google Earth is not needed. The complete list (so far) is located at: Oregon Ghost Towns – Updated July 9,2011 « « Pacific Northwest Photoblog Pacific Northwest Photoblog
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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I assume you know all about Antelope's history in the past 30 years?
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I drove down to Valsetz for a Sunday drive in 1960. It is interesting to reflect that I saw what is now a ghost town, when it was a thriving community.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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I assume you know all about Antelope's history in the past 30 years?
Yep! I've got pictures of it here: Antelope, Oregon « « Pacific Northwest Photoblog Plus I still have friends who live nearby. My family went up there to attend the public auction when the Rajneesh were kicked out, I remember my grandmother gushing about the shoes that she bought and how comfortable they were. Then the LONG shopping trip to find another pair when they wore out.

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