Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2018 Edition

2018 Blue Mountain Foliage ride
Oregon Ghost Town and Steam Train tour

October 12-13, 2018

With a stop in Sumpter, Oregon

And the Oregon Ghost Towns of
Granite, Oregon
Granite Cemetery
McEwen, Oregon
Lena, Oregon
Vinson, Oregon
Vinson Cemetery

And a visit to the Sumpter Valley Railroad

October 12-13, 2018

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We were out to Sumpter, Oregon in 2014, 2015, 2018

We were out to Granite, Oregon in 2015 and 2018

We were out to Hermiston, Oregon in 2015
Weston, Oregon in 2015
Elgin, Oregon in 2015
Wallowa, Oregon in 2015
Imnaha, Oregon in 2015
Monument, Oregon in 2015
Holdman, Oregon in 2015
Helix, Oregon in 2015
Athena, Oregon in 2015
Enterprise, Oregon in 2015
Kings Corner, Oregon in 2015

We rode the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in Elgin, Oregon in 2015

We rode the Moonlight Express on the Sumpter Valley Railroad in 2015

We had lunch at Hat Rock State Park in 2015
We visited The Blue Banana in Lostine, Oregon in 2015

We ran the length of Hells Canyon in 2015 and also in 2010

We visited the Oregon Ghost Towns of
Fox in 2015
Bourne in 2015
McEwen in 2015
Whitney in 2015
Cornucopia in 2015
Yellow Dog in 2015

Granite is a city in Grant County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city
had a population of 38 in 2010, up from 24 in 2000. In 2010, it was
the fourth-smallest incorporated city by population in Oregon. The
smaller cities were Shaniko, Lonerock, and nearby Greenhorn.

First established by miners after the discovery of gold along Granite Creek
on July 4, 1862, the area was originally called Granite Creek Mines.
During the following year, a settlement called Granite City was established
about 1.5 miles downstream of where Granite City is now. It was moved to
its current location in 1867 and renamed Independence after the date—July 4,
or Independence Day—of the earlier gold discovery. However, when the
community's post office was established in 1878, it could not use the
name Independence because that name was already taken by another Oregon
city. Instead, the name Granite was chosen. The post office closed in 1957,
but the city retained the name. The creek takes its name from the granite
rocks that are common to the area.

In 1878, miner and business owner A. G. Tabor became the first postmaster.
Grant Thornburg became the first mayor after the city incorporated in 1900.

In 1942, during World War II, the War Production Board shut down gold
mining in the United States via Order No. L-208. The board deemed gold
mining to be non-essential to the war effort, and it wanted gold miners
to mine "essential" metals instead. Since Granite depended so heavily on
gold mining, its economy collapsed when the mines shut down. Telephone
and electric services to Granite ceased after the war. From 86 residents
in 1940, the city's population dropped to 2 in 1960.

By 1990, the population had grown again to 10. In 2000, the population
reached 24, and telephone service was restored. As of 2002, Granite had
two employers: The Outback—which sold food, fuel, and supplies—and The Lodge.

In September 2017 the population remains at 24. The Outback and the Lodge
also remain in business.

These images were taken with my Nikon D810 and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*
manual focus lens.

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