Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2016 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Galena, Oregon

September 22, 2016

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Galena is an unincorporated community in Grant County, Oregon, United
States, about 20 miles from Austin Junction in the Blue Mountains.
It is on the Middle Fork John Day River in the Malheur national forest. The
former gold mining camp is considered a ghost town.

The locale was settled in 1865 as a mining community on the Middle Fork
John Day River near its confluence with Elk Creek. The town was named
Susanville after one of the earliest inhabitants, Susan Ward.

Galena post office was established in 1901 when a group of miners were able
to get the Susanville post office moved from the current site of Galena two
miles up Elk Creek to their mine. The new post office was named for a body
of galena ore in the area, and the town was renamed as well. The mines were
worked extensively in the 1860s and were still active in 1940.

These images were taken with my Nikon D7000 beater camera and 30
year old, $1,000 35mm f/1.4 manual focus lens.

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