Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2017 Edition

Visit The Chinook Winds Casino
for a yummy dinner buffet
Lincoln City, Oregon

With stops in the Polk County Ghost Town of
Ballston, Oregon
Buell, Oregon

February 4, 2017

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Ballston is an unincorporated community, in Polk County, Oregon, United States. It
is southeast of Sheridan and southwest of Amity. It is considered a ghost town.

Ballston was founded in 1878 by pioneer Isaac Ball on his donation land claim. Ball
and his family arrived in Oregon via the Oregon Trail in 1848. Ball named the town
"Ballsville", and it had a post office of the same name. The name of the post office
was changed to Ballston in 1880. The post office was discontinued in 1953 when it
became a rural station of Sheridan; it was discontinued all together in 1969.

Ballston was a station on the Dayton, Sheridan and Grande Ronde Railroad (DS&GR),
later the Oregonian Railway. Isaac Ball was an early promoter of the DS&GR when it
was originally a narrow gauge railway line. The line changed ownership again to
become part of the Southern Pacific Railroad; as of 2009, Ballston is a station of
the Portland and Western Railroad.

In 1915, the community had a population of 104, a public school, two churches, and
three fraternal lodges.

The 1855 Ballston School building, no longer in use as a school, is thought to be
the oldest school building still standing in Polk County or perhaps the entire state.
Ballston County Park is located in the community and includes the school.

The Ballston Community Club meets in a newer former schoolhouse originally moved
from Airlie, another community on the railroad line. The Community Club hosted an
annual turkey dinner for many years.

These images were taken with my Nikon D7000 beater camera and my fancy shmancy
$2,000 used 35mm f/1.4 manual focus lens.

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