Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2016 Edition

Fall, 2016 Grant and Baker County, Oregon
Ghost Town Tour

Visit the Ghost Town of
Greenhorn, Oregon
Baker County

September 22, 2016

Also visit the Ghost Towns of
Albee, Oregon
Ritter, Oregon
The Historic Range Schoolhouse
Galena, Oregon
Susanville, Oregon
Austin, Oregon
Sparta, Oregon
Sanger, Oregon
Lime, Oregon
The Historic Lime Schoolhouse
Pleasant Valley, Oregon
Durkee, Oregon

And the towns of

Ukiah, Oregon
Dale, Oregon
McEwen, Oregon
Rye Valley, Oregon
Huntington, Oregon

Travel through Battle Mountain
Deadmans Pass
And The Snake River's Hells Canyon

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Greenhorn is a non-populated city in Baker and Grant counties in the U.S.
state of Oregon. It straddles the Blue Mountain ridge, so that it is located
in both Grant County and Baker County. As most of the city is situated in
Baker County, and the early residents considered Baker City to be more
convenient, for administrative purposes it is considered to be in Baker County.

As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 0. Greenhorn's
2000 Census records are entirely empty, other than it having 7 housing
units. As of the 2010 census, the population was 0.

Greenhorn was first populated in the 1860s as miners prospected for gold in
the area. It was platted in 1904, though it lost two-thirds of its population
between 1900 and 1910.[5] The mining district was composed first of placer
mines, but soon many lode gold mines developed. The city was incorporated
in 1903. It continued as a viable community until 1942 when gold mining was
made illegal by Federal Public Law 208 during World War II.

In later years, the old Greenhorn Jail (dating to 1910) was removed to Canyon
City under suspicious circumstances. A court case ensued for its return, but
because the city straddles the Blue Mountain ridge, the district attorneys
of Baker County and Grant County could not even agree in which court house
it should be held. The case was eventually heard by the Circuit Court for
Grant County in Canyon City. The jail remains in Canyon City.

Not the friendliest 'burb we've ever visited. Of course there's no
going unnoticed when a stranger shows up and Greenhorn was no exception.
A local came by on an ATV and informed us that the entire area is private
property. Of course it isn't but if you give one of these guys crap
you'll be looking at a few of his friends holding shotguns.

I get it.....this town has a long history of being looted.... but we
were obviously there to take pictures and not to vandalize the place.
As is our custom, we get our pictures quick like a bunny just in case
someone comes along to run us off. And so it was here.... I had already
gotten all the images I wanted before Mr Camo showed up.

A County map will really help in finding this place. The turn-off
from the main road is unmarked..... which is why we couldn't find it the
last time we were out here. Well graded gravel road ~ 10 miles in and out.

These images were taken with my Nikon D7000 beater camera and 30
year old, $1,000 35mm f/1.4 manual focus lens.

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