GREENHORN

NAME: Greenhorn
COUNTY: Baker
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 3
CLIMATE: Mild winter and summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Anytime.
COMMENTS: Beautiful location.
REMAINS: A few buildings.Many current houses.

As one might suspect, the name of the town suggests something rather peculiar. When two young men from the East who knew nothing about mining decided to go West to find their fortune, they picked a small camp in the Blue Mountains. Nobody seems to know why. On arrival, they walked into a saloon and asked the bartender where they could start digging for gold. A miner standing nearby captured the opportunity to play a joke on the greenhorns. He took them outside, pointed to a spot on the side of the mountain and suggested that was a good place to start. And start they did. A short while later, they returned with a chunk of rock richer than anything yet discovered in the camp. They filed their claim but didn’t get a chance to name their mine. The pranksters had already given it the name of the “Greenhorn Mine.” The camp gave itself the name Greenhorn and it steadily grew into a real town with hotels, saloons and a weekly newspaper. By 1895, the town had a population of around 3,200 and several other large mines. Years later when mining became unprofitable, Greenhorn died as its population moved away.
SUBMITTED BY: Henry Chenowith


Greenhorn
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Greenhorn
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Greenhorn
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Greenhorn
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Greenhorn
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Greenhorn
Courtesy Dolores Steele

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