CLIMATE: Cool winter, warm summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
is located in the Blue Mountains, about 40 miles Northeast of
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.