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Granite in Grant County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Granite, Oregon / Leaving Granite

 
 
Granite, Oregon Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
By Don Hann, August 7, 2017
1. Granite, Oregon Marker - Side A
Marker as seen entering town
Inscription.
Side A:
Granite, Oregon
Albert G. Tabor first struck gold just below the town of Granite on the Fourth of July, 1862. Tabor named his claim the Independence since his strike was made on Independence Day, and the town that sprang up around the strike was also called Independence. However, the name was changed to Granite in 1876 when the people applied for a post office and found out there was already an Independence, Oregon. Granite was a center for mining activity for over 80 years. Today activity has ceased with nothing remaining but the town and a wealth of history.

Side B:
Leaving Granite
Granite, Oregon is at an elevation of 4,695 feet. It is located in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon along the Blue Mountains Scenic Byway. The notorious Jack Long discovered gold in Granite while pulling his pack mule out of the mud. His discovery precipitated one of the largest gold rushes in Oregon. What's left from the scrum for gold is the massive piles of rock known as the "Chinese walls" and the hollow frames of the empty mines. There is approximately 40 registered mines found in the area of Granite. Granite OR, with an approximate population of 24, the mines now outnumber the people.
 
Erected by Wallowa-Whitman
Leaving Granite - Side B image. Click for full size.
By Don Hann, August 7, 2017
2. Leaving Granite - Side B
Marker as seen leaving town
National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 48.547′ N, 118° 25.36′ W. Marker is in Granite, Oregon, in Grant County. Marker is at the intersection of West Center Street and Forest Road 73, on the right when traveling east on West Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sumpter OR 97877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ah Hee Diggings (approx. 1.4 miles away); Red Boy Mine (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Fremont Powerhouse Historic District (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Granite, Oregon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Hann, August 7, 2017
3. Granite, Oregon Marker
Marker as seen from entrance to town
Granite, Oregon Marker image. Click for full size.
1899
4. Granite, Oregon Marker
Historic photo showing Granite Oregon in 1899
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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