Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2016 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Richmond, Oregon
Wheeler County

March 31, 2016

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Richmond is an unincorporated community in Wheeler County, in the U.S.
state of Oregon. Richmond lies on Richmond Road southeast of its intersection
with Oregon Route 207 between Mitchell and Service Creek. The community had
a post office from 1899 to 1952.

R. N. Donnelly gave the community its name in response to an argument with
another pioneer resident, William Walters, about where to build a school.
Donnelly called Walters "Jeff Davis" because he viewed Walters as rebellious
and associated him with the rebels of the Confederate States of America and
their president Jefferson Davis. Donnelly named the site "Richmond" after
the capital city of the Confederacy.

Buildings in Richmond included the school, a store, a Methodist Church, an
Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall, and several homes, all later abandoned.
In 1901 nearly 450 people attended the annual meeting of the Wheeler County
Pioneer Association in Richmond.

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