Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2015 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Danner, Oregon
Inskip Station
aka Ruby, Oregon

TBA xx, 2015

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Danner is an unincorporated community located in Malheur County, Oregon,
United States, near Jordan Valley.

The old Idaho-Oregon-Nevada highway ran through Danner, following the route
of the Skinner Toll Road which opened the area for settlement in 1863.

Danner is the location of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau's resting place. He was
the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as the infant son of
Sacagawea. Charbonneau died here in 1866 at the age of 61 after developing
pneumonia while passing through the area. His burial site was located,
marked and fenced off through the efforts of Danner residents Kirt and
Johanna Skinner, and it was entered into the National Register of Historic
Places on March 14, 1973. Charbonneau's resting place lies among five other
resting places near the "Inskip Station", a fortified stone ranch house
that operated as a stage station in the 1860s. Inskip's property was later
known as the Ruby Ranch. A plaque marks the remains of Inskip Station
within sight of the resting place of Charbonneau.

A town had been platted and promoted as Ruby Townsite by Harley J. Hooker,
who sold land for $1.25 per acre when the Jordan Valley Irrigation District
began constructing an irrigation dam and canal system near Danner about
1910. The proposed agricultural town never grew as anticipated, however,
since the high desert's harsh climate did not allow farmers to produce a
wide enough range of crops. Hooker built a single story lava rock office
building in Danner about 1915. After his death in 1919 it was used as the
Danner community hall for a number of years. It became unsafe and was
demolished a few years ago.

The name of the community comes from John H. Danner, an early area settler.
The Postal Service denied an application to call the post office Ruby for
the nearby Ruby Ranch, but in 1920 the post office name Danner was approved.
The post office operated until 1942.

By the 1930s, Danner had a general store run by Jesse Anderson, a Danish
immigrant. The building he constructed is still standing today, a half
mile south of the site of Inskip Station.

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