Susanville, Oregon

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Susanville is an unincorporated community in Grant County, Oregon, United States, in the Blue Mountains about two miles up Elk Creek from Galena.[1] The place was started as a gold mining camp in 1862 or 1864 and is now considered a ghost town.[2][3]


Susanville was originally where Galena is now.[4] Susanville post office was established in 1888, but was moved by miners two miles up Elk Creek in 1901, and Galena post office replaced the one at Susanville's original location.[4] The story goes that the miners of the "New Susanville" actually stole the post office, including its mailboxes, canceling stamp, inkpad.[3] The Susanville office ran until 1952, after which mail went to Bates.[4]

In 1913, the 80-oz Armstrong Nugget was found in the Susanville area.[3][5]

Susanville only had one street because Elk Creek canyon was too narrow for more.[3] In its heyday, the camp had a store and a ten-stamp stamp mill.[3] As many as 1000 miners would come to town on Saturday nights.[3]

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  1. ^ "Susanville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1993) [1972]. Oregon for the Curious (3rd ed.). Portland, Oregon: Pars Publishing Company. p. 212. ISBN 0-87004-222-X. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Weis, Norman D. (1971). Ghost Towns of the Northwest. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press. pp. 17–22. ISBN 0-87004-358-7. 
  4. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 390, 925–926. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  5. ^ Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Oregon (1940). Oregon: End of the Trail. American Guide Series. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort. p. 253. OCLC 4874569. 

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Coordinates: 44°42′48″N 118°47′02″W / 44.713212°N 118.783846°W / 44.713212; -118.783846