CLIMATE: Cool winter and summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
Not too far from John Day.
REMAINS: A few buildings.
|Located on highway 395 in eastern Oregon, Canyon Creek was the site of a major gold discovery in 1862, which gave birth to Canyon City. It is recorded that about $8 million in gold was taken from the site. It's population at the height of its days as a mining town numbered 10,000 people. Canyon City is best known as the home of Cincinnatus Heine Miller, also and more famously known as Joaquin Miller, writer and poet. Miller led a vagabond life during his early years living with Indians and even taking an Indian wife whom he later deserted. He toured Europe as a celebrity and upon his return moved to Portland. In 1907, he returned to his home in Canyon City. His fame earned a highway named after him as "Joaquin Miller Highway" which today exists as part of U.S. 395. Miller's home in Canyon City still stands along with other relics of the town's past. SUBMITTED BY: Henry Chenowith