Rickard Train Station and Ghost Town

Name: Rickard
Class: A4
GPS: 44.4067889, -123.2900982

Directions: Unable to reach from public roads. Located in what is now the William L Finley National Wildlife Refuge.

The Rickard family came to Oregon on the 1853 Wagon Train. Caspar Rickard and wife Catherine Kime took up a land claim south of what was then Jennyopolis. Their son John Rickard also settled in the area. The two land claims were both on the SE Corner of Nimrod O’Kelly’s claim.

Rickard OR

Closeup of the Survey Map from 1861 showing the O’Kelly and Rickard land claims

After O’Kelly’s death, his Widow, Sally O’Kelly sold the south half of their claim to Caspar Rickard for $600 on November 21st, 1864. A number of legal issues, covered in Nimrod: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier kept them from outright owning the land in the eyes of the government until 1881! The Rickard Family did eventually come to own the entire southern half of the claim once the question of ownership was finally settled.

Despite that set back, the Oregon and California Railroad built their railroad along the western edge of the O’Kelly Land Claim. In the early 1870s they built a station. The post office was added on April 28, 1879 and named for John Rickard, but it was short lived. It was closed on October 5th, 1880. Robert S. Brown was the post master. There is no record that I can find of when the station was closed for good, but it was only one mile north of the Bruce train station so the two were likely consolidated.

Today, the location of Rickard is now on the eastern side of the William L Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Access to the townsite is via private property, or a mile hike along the train tracks. According to the maps, there is nothing there except for an active field.


Cable Cove (Cableville), Oregon

Name: Cable Cove (Cableville)
Class: A1
GPS: 44.8568096, -118.2691085
Directions: From Sumpter Oregon, head north along Cracker Creek Road to Bourne, Oregon. At 4.8 miles take a left on to Cable Cove Road and follow that until for 5 miles. Cable Cove was said to be at the headwaters of Silver Creek. On the left there looks like a mining operation still there.

Cable Cove was brought to my attention by one of our readers, Roger Hawthorne, who is a treasure trove of pictures and Oregon History!

“I am well versed with Cable Cove sometimes called Cableville

It is right at the top and many many mines in open view. Many snowmobilers go there in winter north a short distance but steep is the ridge that separates Grant Count over the top with Baker County all the back down to Sumpter. The North Fork of the John Day River forms as a small creek on the other side a few hundred feet east of The Last Chance Mine ruins. Many hikers use a FS trail a mile west that goes past Lost Lake and a few more north to the Anthony Lakes Sky area. I didn’t even know there was a Cabel City. There was a mine owner and financier named Cabel. I guess you either west sw from Anthony Lakes or ne from Granite. There are a number of folk working small claims on the southern side.

The major producer on the northern side was the Baby Mckee closed about 1907 and the Last Chance still working hard about 1914 but carrying ore down all the way to the river by the E and E mine just above Bourne. Was backtracking some so most went all the way down to Sumpter. Dang Now I aboslutely have to go back this June or so. Pretty high up there. If you take the road that turns right just after the bridge above Bourne it angles ne and goes to the claims used in the Ghost Mine TV show. Silly Show but gorgeous scenery. Just above that old mine very steep for sure is a short climb where you look east and north all the way past Baker City”

Roger’s email brought up an interesting point about the relationship between Cable Cove and Cabell City. Cabell City is only a few miles from this location, but there is no direct road connecting the two. You’d have to circle all the way back to Granite to get between the two, but it might be possible to walk the distance.

Cable Cove (Cableville), Oregon

Mine locations around Cable Cove – provided by Roger Hawthorne

Cable Cove was named for Henry Cable. Henry was a pack string freighter (a train of mules used to carry goods) between Umatilla Landing and Fort Boise. He became interested in mining and was one of the first prospectors in this area. In 1888 he located the North Pole-Columbia lode. Four years later with Erwin Cable, he patented the Columbia Quartz Mine. The mine produced $3.5 million in gold and silver before it closed in 1916.

Henry also patented two other mines in the area, the Consolidated Fractional and the California. The California mine was co-claimed by Johanna and Bessie Cabell, leading to speculation that the Cabells were related to the Cables. Johanna Cabell was married to Fred Cabell, founder of nearby Cabell City.

On October 24th, 1901, the Cableville Post Office was opened. It served 200 residents in the area, and Thomas Costello was the first post master. Like so many towns in this part of Oregon, the post office was short lived. It was closed on May 15, 1909. This leads me to speculate that the Columbia Lode was played out by then and only the hope of hitting another vein or two kept operations going.


Kronenberg Oregon and the Meadowland Dairy

Name: Kronenberg
Class: H2
GPS: 45.493315, -122.494300 or 16430 SE Powell Blvd, Portland Oregon
From downtown Portland, take Highway 26 East towards Gresham. The “town” as it were was located at the foot of Powell Butte.


The town of Kronenberg Oregon was actually pretty short lived. The first settlers here were the Camp Family who started an orchard and cattle farm on Camp Butte, now known as Powell Butte, in 1880.

An nice Victorian Farm House was built at what is now 16430 SE Powell in 1892.

Enough citizens were in the area that by 1893 that post office was opened on April 10th of that year. Joseph Kronenberg became the first and only post master and lent his name to the town. The post office was located in his home, which was said to be at what is now SE 162nd. The post office lasted for four years, closing to Rockwood on February 8th, 1897.

Henry and Anna Anderegg

Henry and Anna Anderegg

In 1908, Swiss immigrants Henry and Anna Anderegg, and brother-in-law Henry Naegeli, leased from the City, Camp Butte. They had previously started a milk plant at Southwest 14th and Jefferson Street. The dairy was a herd of 600 to 800 dairy cows, and some Percheron Draft Horses on the property. Named Mountain View Dairy for it’s view of snow covered Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens, the family home became a community center for the local Swiss Community.

Several houses sprung up along Powell between 1905 and 1924, presumably built by members in this community. The Anderegg family had four children, Walter, Tracy (male), Lillian, and Lena. Lillian was born on the Butte in 1924, but the family and the dairy moved down to the Victorian farmhouse when she was six months old. The dairy now took up all the land on the south side of Powell from SE 157th to SE 174th. The City allowed the family to continue grazing cattle on the butte to maintain the meadows and keep them from becoming over grown.

The name of the dairy also likely changed at this time from Mountain View Dairy to Meadowland Dairy. The dairy was definitely a family run operation, although with that number of cattle the had a number of farmhands. Walter ran the first motorized milk truck in Oregon, and the daughters helped milk cattle. Lillian married Wayne Adams, who was had once worked on the dairy, in 1948 and farmed the land until his death in 1989.

The dairy itself was split in the early 1970s between the four children. Lillian got the part with the Victorian Farmhouse. Her portion was developed into a community called the Meadowcrest Farm Estates Mobile Home Park. She still lives in the home and is active in the advisory committee for the Powell Butte Nature Park.

Unfortunately, the historic barn on the property burned down on February 1, 2011. It was a total loss.

Historic Meadowland Dairy Barn

Barn Fire, Feb 1, 2011. Photo from the Oregonian.

Outstanding Questions:
When did the Butte become City Property?
When did Portland annex the area of Kronenberg Oregon?
When did the Butte become a Nature Area?
What was the exact ownership of the Dairy?
How did the family run it?
Did they have an onsite shop since they were giving away chocolate milk and ice cream at the time?


Vegan Restaurants Portland

Vegan Restaurants Portland

One of the things the city of Portland Oregon is well known for is the number of vegan and vegan friendly restaurants in the city. Most popular restaurants have a vegan friendly item or two on the menu, or can make some of their menu vegan. We’re not just talking about salads, although there is some of that. We’re talking sometimes full entries, and appetizers too.

But, sometimes you just want to be totally vegan, right?

100% Vegan Restaurants

Here is an interesting fact. Portland has so many vegan restaurants, that some specialize in specific cuisines! All the restaurants in this section are 100% Vegan.

A N D Cafe – A small intimate cafe in a part of Portland that few visit, this place has a great breakfast menu.

Blossoming Lotus – Blossoming Lotus has a number of Thai inspired vegan dishes, a very nice selection of sides, and a full bar.

Cafe Yumm! – an Oregon based “fast food” chain that serves a great rice bowl with their famous Yumm! Sauce. This should be on any vegan list.

Harvest at The Bindery – this is one of the new wave of up and coming vegan restaurants in Portland. The menu is phenomenal to the point that even the most hardcore foodie would salivate.

Papa G’s Vegan Organics – more of a deli then a restaurant, they have burgers, sandwiches, build your own salad bar/rice bowl. They also have ginger gravy which sounds really weird, but is really tasty.

Prasad – Two locations with slightly different menus. Really good for breakfast, but they have a small amount of lunch items such as soups and salads, and are well known for their juice bar.

Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro – Wraps, soups and salads with a leaning towards Asian flavors. A ways outside of the city, but still technically in Portland.

The Sudra – Indian vegan food. Highly recommend the pakora plate.

Veggie Grill – not quite fast food, but close to it. This California based chain has two Portland locations, and an extensive menu. Food is usually pretty quick, and very good.

Vegan Food Carts

Even the food carts have gotten into the fun of veganism! Note that by their nature food carts tend to move often, so be sure to check their website before going to get something to eat.

DC Vegetarian Cart – Currently located in one of the downtown food cart pods, they will be moving soon. Mostly vegan burgers and sandwiches they have some interesting options like grilled cheese, a BLT, and a bacon cheeseburger.

Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ – Literally vegan bbq. They have the typical sides most vegans get stuck with at a family BBQ, but they’ve also got a number of sandwiches.

Native Bowl – Bowls of rice with a variety of vegan toppings such as the Mississippi with BBQ soy curls, two BBQ sauces, dill peppercorn ranch, coleslaw and scallions on jasmine rice.

Whole Bowl – now has six locations. They only serve one item, the Bambino, a bowl of rice, beans, cilantro, olives, avocado, salsa and tali sauce. Without the sour cream and Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, 100% vegan.

Vegan Bars

Care for a meal with your drink? These full service bars serve vegan food.

The Bye and Bye – food served is outside of the normal bar good. It includes rice bows, several sandwiches, Spaghetti and meatballs (veggie of course,) and even grilled cheese!

Black Water Bar – (no website, 835 NE Broadway) – one of Portland’s newer vegan bars. No menu online, but they serve all your typical bar fare, just veganized for your pleasure.

Sweet Hereafter – Rice bowls, sandwiches and the Pretzel Burger.

Vegan Strip Bars

Because it actually does need it’s own category. In a city known for strip clubs, and vegan food, more then one person thought to bring them together.

Casa Diablo – Casa Diablo is probably Portland’s most famous strip bar – because of it’s vegan menu. Nothing special here as it mostly bar food, but it is good.

Hail Seitan – Located within Rose City Strip their heavy metal themed menu serves a ton of variations on your typical bar food like the Bits of gluttony – Hand made tater tots stuffed with either Satan Spit (habanero sriracha peanut butter) or green chili’s and chez.

Vegan Friendly Restaurants

Ok, if you’re still hungry after everything above, here are some of the better, vegan friendly restaurants in Portland. This list is far from complete.

Dots Cafe – Dots is legendary in the vegan scene within Portland, they set the trend for vegan places being famous for their drinks. It was among the first places that had a number of vegan options in the city.

East Side Deli – Three locations across the city that serve deli sandwiches. They have cards you mark to create your sandwich with one card specifically for Vegetarian/Vegan eaters

Fire On the Mountain – three locations that serve mostly wings with your choice of 12 different sauces that range from sweet and mild to scorch your tongue. Best of all, they have hands down the best vegan wings in Portland and possibly the entire West Coast.

Jam on Hawthorne – If there was one vegan friendly place that is a must go, Jam would be it for the breakfast. Located on Hawthorne, this is among Portland’s best breakfast places with a menu of items that come vega, or can also be easily made vegan. This is also one of the few “family friendly” vegan places in Portland, with a play area for kids!

Pho Van – one of the few Vietnamese places that has vegan broth for their Pho soup.

Farm Spirit – This is one of the more interesting restaurants on this list. One needs to make reservations and buy tickets for that time. The menu is a 10 to 12 course Prix Frie menu. They are vegetarian, but can do completely vegan for you.

Tin Shed – In my opinion, one of the best breakfasts in town, for carnivores and vegans. The Tim Curry (Roasted sweet potato, seasonal greens, mushroom, onion, roasted garlic and organic tofu in a yellow coconut-curry sauce topped with avocado, raisins and peanuts) is a perpetual favorite. They also have an extensive bar and like to infuse vodka for some interesting Bloody Marys flavors like ginger and garlic.

Vita Cafe – Not just friendly, but just a step removed from 100% vegan. They have a few items of meat on the menu, but most of the menu is vegan.

Vivi’s Vietnamese Noodle House – Pho place in Hillsboro that has awesome Canh Chua Chả Tôm Gà, a – Sweet Tamarind Specialty Soup that is phenomenal.

Vegan Groceries

Honorable mention for vegan grocers in Portland has to go to both New Seasons and Food Front. But both do carry meat and dairy items. If you want 100% vegan groceries, Food Fight on SE Stark is the place to go.

Complete list? Far from it! This is just a sampling of some of the better vegan food in PDX. What is your favorite vegan eatery in (or near) the City of Roses? Please comment below!

Snooseville Corner, just a sawmill

Name: Snooseville Corner
Class: A3
GPS: 45.72336, -123.07137
From North Plains, head Northwest on Mountaindale Road towards another ghost town, Mountaindale. Pass that location 7.4 miles Mountaindale Road comes to a T Intersection known at Snnoseville Corner. NW Shermans Mill Road and NW Fern Flat both intersect with Mountaindale Road here. The “town” would have been on the right.

Very little is known about this town. The only reference to it is in Ralph Friedman’s “In Search of Western Oregon on pg 284.” He says that a sawmill was here in this small village, but it was too small to ever be on a map.