There isn’t much history that I’m able to find about Hamilton, Oregon. Oregon Geographic Names states that the town was named for J.H. Hamilton, a pioneer stockman who first settled here in 1874 and lived there until his death in 1909. It also mentioned that a lot of settlers visited the area to race horses.
This is one of those small towns that slowly died over the years. There are several out buildings including barns. And a few homes that have seen much better days.
A homestead just past town. A few horses were in the Corral, but the house itself was obviously abandoned and disused (September 2011.) When I drove by it a year later (June 2012,) the horses were gone and there were a couple of cows in the corral. The house looks to be in much worse shape now and probably won’t be around too much longer.
If you know anything about J.H. Hamilton, the town, or the history behind any of the buildings here, I’d be interested in knowing