Greenhorn City, Oregon

  

Greenhorn City Details

Status: Ghost Town

Date Settled: Activity from 1860's, incorporated 1903

Current Population: none

Peak Population: na

Elevation: 6,306 Feet (1,922 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

State: Oregon

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Greenhorn City Description

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. 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.

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A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain

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