Ghost Town of Susanville Oregon
The town of Susanville started as a gold mining camp in 1864. As far as I can tell, the name of the original camp is lost to history. But miners, no doubt fed up with a lack of a local post office, outright stole one from what is now called Galena in 1901. By doing so they stole the name too, and the unknown mining camp officially became the town of Susanville.
On June 19, 1913, George Armstrong found an 80.4 ounce gold nugget in a nearby placer mine. The nugget is still visible to the public in display a at a Bank in Baker City Oregon. No doubt Mr. Armstrong had a really good time for a few weeks after finding it.
I have been told, but have not confirmed, that Susanville is easy to find from Galena. Just take the only road available right out of town to get there. Unfortunately, there are no trespassing signs on the road about half way up so I was not able to find the exact location easily.
This cabin is about 200 yards up the road on the left. It’s obviously inhabited still, and locked up tight when I was there. So no chance to ask any questions about the town.
The road is a fun little drive, even more so with my front wheel drive.
Due to the “no trespassing” signs, the rest of these pictures date from sometime in the early to mid 1990’s from what I can tell. They were from an undeveloped roll of film that was passed on to me from a relative’s estate. I had hoped go up and see what buildings, if any, were still present and do a then and now comparison.
I believe this is the remains of one of the ten-stamp stamp mills in town.
This building has the look of a general store.
Here is a closer look at a remaining house, and what appears to be a root cellar in the bushes in the foreground. Perhaps there was another building there at one time?
Based on chronological order, I’m assuming this is the inside of that house.
Some of the debris around “town.” Can anyone identify these pieces of equipment?
This is apparently the town’s remaining resident.
So at the time of these pictures it looks to have been a Class C Ghost Town. I’d be interested to see if it’s still the same, or if it’s deteriorated completely. Google Map’s satellite view has not been incredibly helpful here.
Reader Bob Benton provided the following historical views of Susanville. Thank you very much Bob!