Photo by Peter Thody
The town of Whitney was founded in 1901, established as a lumber company town when the Sumpter Valley railroad arrived. At its peak, Whitney was home to around 150 people but the closure of the railroad in 1947 quickly saw the town abandoned. This rather sad-looking collection of tumbledown timber homes - interspersed with more modern looking buildings - is just one of many ghost towns that dot the landscape here in Eastern Oregon, a reflection of the area's mining past.
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Remember to treat these properties with respect. Many will be owned by local residents, some may still be inhabited.
N Fork Burnt River Road
Sumpter, Oregon 97877 USA