GRANITE

NAME: Granite
COUNTY: Grant
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 3
CLIMATE: Cool winter, warm summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Anytime.
COMMENTS: Granite is located in the Blue Mountains, about 40 miles Northeast of John Day.
REMAINS: Many buildings. Many current houses.

Many years ago during the gold rush, Granite had a population of 5,000 people. A handful still remain today. Even though the town is quite isolated, a small store serving cold drinks is ready to welcome all travelers. The building in the photograph was erected in 1888 and was first used as a school house, then later as the city hall. It was built on a small hill and leans to the right, overcompensating for the slope. Submitted by Darren Bernaerdt from Deserted Lands.

Granite was first settled on July 4, 1862. It was then only natural the settlers would name the town “Independence.” Not so said the postal authorities for there was already a town by that name in Oregon. The next choice was “Granite” for the prevailing rock in the region. The buildings are vacant and most in a stage of near collapse. There is a road through the town leading to small private claims. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.


Granite
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite drug store.
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Church
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite - City of Granite Cemetery
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite Church
Courtesy Tom McCurnin


Granite
Courtesy Darren Bernaerdt


Granite Dance Hall --- A dance floor occupied the upper floor and throught the years -- lower floor was used as saloon -- boardinghouse and community hall.
Courtesy Dolores Steele


J.J.O'Dair General Store.
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite School -- built in 1888
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite - City of Granite Cemetery
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Granite Oregon
Courtesy Tom McCurnin

 

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