Whitney, Oregon

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Whitney is an unincorporated community, also considered a ghost town, located in Baker County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 7 southwest of Sumpter. It is on the North Fork Burnt River, near the Blue Mountains and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Whitney was named for a pioneer in the county, C.H. Whitney. The community of Whitney had a post office from 1901-1943.[1]

Founded as a logging town and platted in 1900,[2] Whitney was the primary station on the narrow gauge Sumpter Valley Railway.[2][3] Logging declined in the area in the 1940s, which caused the town and the railroad to fade.[2]

According to a United States Forest Service sign on the road:[citation needed]

A Town Named Whitney ~ Rails of the Sumpter Valley R. R. reached Whitney Valley June 1. 1901. Originally a lumber company town, Whitney grew to become the main head of the Stage Lines to mining and cattle towns such as Unity, Bridgeport and Malheur City.
Logging railroads were built in all directions out of Whitney during the next 20 years. Nibley Lumber Company set up a large sawmill south of town in 1911 as loggers "Daylighted" the large stands of yellow pine nearby. At one time over 150 people called Whitney their home. When the railway was abandoned in 1947, the town closed its doors.

The Antlers Guard Station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is in the Whitney area.[4][5]

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  1. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Bailey, Barbara Ruth (1982). Main Street: Northeastern Oregon. Oregon Historical Society. pp. 22, 51. ISBN 0-87595-073-6. 
  3. ^ "Whitney". ghosttowns.com. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Antlers Guard Station". USDA Forest Service. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Oregon—Baker County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 

Coordinates: 44°39′34″N 118°17′23″W / 44.65944°N 118.28972°W / 44.65944; -118.28972