Bourne, Oregon

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Bourne is a ghost town in Baker County, Oregon, United States about 7 miles (11 km) north of Sumpter in the Blue Mountains.[1] It lies on Cracker Creek and is within the Wallowa–Whitman National Forest. Platted in 1902,[2] the former gold mining boomtown is considered a ghost town today.[3]

Originally named "Cracker City",[3] Bourne is named after Senator Jonathan Bourne, Jr., who was interested in Eastern Oregon mines for a time.[4] Bourne post office was established in 1895 and closed in 1927.[4]

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  1. ^ "Bourne". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Barbara Ruth (1982). Main Street: Northeastern Oregon. Oregon Historical Society. p. 21. ISBN 0-87595-073-6. 
  3. ^ a b Potter, Miles (1976). "Mother Lode of the Blues". Oregon's Golden Years: Bonanza of the West. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-87004-254-6. 
  4. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 

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Coordinates: 44°49′28″N 118°11′51″W / 44.824313°N 118.197441°W / 44.824313; -118.197441