Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2015 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Granite, Oregon
aka Granite City, Independence and
Granite Creek Mines

August 30, 2015

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Granite is a city in Grant County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city
had a population of 38 in 2010, up from 24 in 2000. In 2010, it was the
fourth-smallest incorporated city by population in Oregon. The smaller
cities were Shaniko (36 people), Lonerock (21), and nearby Greenhorn.

First established by miners after the discovery of gold along Granite Creek
on July 4, 1862, the area was originally called Granite Creek Mines. During
the following year, a settlement called Granite City was established about
1.5 miles (2.4 km) downstream of where Granite City is now. It was moved to
its current location in 1867 and renamed Independence after the date -- July 4,
or Independence Day -- of the earlier gold discovery. However, when the
x community's post office was established in 1878, it could not use thei
name Independence because that name was already taken by another Oregon
city. Instead, the name Granite was chosen. The post office closed in 1957,
but the city retained the name. The creek takes it name from the granite
rocks that are common to the area.

In 1878, miner and business owner A. G. Tabor became the first postmaster.
Grant Thornburg became the first mayor after the city incorporated in 1900.

The Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, a 106-mile (171 km) closed-loop route
mainly through forests in the Elkhorn Mountains, passes through Granite.
Other communities along the route are Baker City, Haines, and Sumpter, the
latter about 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Granite.

This is the main Granite, Oregon Ghost Town page.

Here's more pictures of the Granite, Oregon Ghost Town segment.

Here's even more pictures of the Granite, Oregon Ghost Town segment.

Here's pictures of the Granite, Oregon Cemetery.

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