Geneva, Oregon – Ghost Town
As best as I can tell, Geneva was a very short lived town. It sits south of Grandview and is just as isolated. Perhaps a building or two still exists behind trees or under brush. During the years of heavy rains before WWI, the area actually looked like it would support farms. Homesteaders still relied on hothouses and greenhouses for gardens, but the future looked bright. The Geneva Post Office opened in 1914. It was named after Geneva Monical, who’s husband championed the creation of the Post Office. Geneva was it’s first Postmaster. Unfortunately the entire area was prone to over-hyped sales by cash hungry developers who were buying land unseen, then turning around and selling it to unsuspecting farmers. By WWII rain had dried up, and the town followed. Buildings were taken apart and used for their lumber, or used as bombing practice.
As far as I can tell, the “old well” should be near this location. As I was alone, in the middle of nowhere, last thing I want to do is go searching through brush and trees for a well that may still be open.