Ghost town of Granite, Oregon (Independence)
Ghost town of Granite, Oregon
Oregon Geographic Names allows a bit of disagreement about the origin (and possibly original location) of Granite. It says that Albert G. Tabor discovered gold along Granite Creek on July 4th, 1862 and named his claim Independence to commemorate the date. A Granite City was shown on maps created in 1863 and 1864, but in the same area, Independence is shown on another map dated 1888. There was also another city called Pleasant City in the area, but it’s unknown if it was part of Granite/Independence, or if the two were separate locations. To further muddle issues, Tabor’s Diggings are three miles up the river, and the Independence Mine is three miles south.
Funny enough, the population in 1990 was ten whole souls, but it’s obvious the town is much bigger. There are at least a dozen original buildings, and a dozen more newer houses. Plus there is a line of post office boxes on the main street that is a hundred feet long.
Notice that each building has a sign and a number. I couldn’t find any documentation (in town) that discussed what buildings were what, but it’s obvious that the residents are trying to preserve history. Several newer houses are built in style to match the town, and buildings are being actively restored.