Egan, Oregon’s oldest Ghost Town

Name: Egan
Class: G2
GPS: 43.569319, -119.076989 (best guess, see below)

Depending on the source the town is described as “two miles south of Burns,” “brushing shoulders with Hines,” and “two and a half miles southwest of Burn,”

Egan was already a ghost town by the time many of the cities on this site were even built. It’s also relatively unknown and hard to find much information about – at all. The town was not named after a hostile Paiute Indian Chief who was known for attacking what is now La Grande in 1878.

In fact it was named after a local settler who opened a tavern here. Egan’s Tavern operated for only a few years before it was closed and Egan moved on to another of Oregon’s Ghost Towns. The only photo we have of the town is a single picture of four men around a card table being watched by seven other men.


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4 Responses to “Egan, Oregon’s oldest Ghost Town

  • Hello,
    I recently bought the old Egan tavern. The previous owner told me that the building was moved to Hines. The earliest picture I can find of the building in Hines is dated 1929.
    I was told it was built in 1890.

    • That is very cool Julie! Do you have new pictures of it? Where is it located now?

      • Hi Rick,
        I am sorry it took me so long to reply I didn’t see your message. Yes, I do have pictures. It is now Tumbleweed Cannabis Co, LLC. It is located at 310 N. Hwy 20, Hines, Oregon 97738

  • How can I send pictures? I would be happy to share them. I have a copy of the photo mentioned in the article of the men playing cards and another one from 1929 when it was a gas station and cafe. Here is a link to our google page. There are a few pictures of what the building looks like now.

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