Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2015 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Whitney, Oregon
And the Antlers Guard Station

August 30, 2015

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Whitney is an unincorporated community, also considered a ghost town,
located in Baker County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 7 southwest
of Sumpter. It is on the North Fork Burnt River, near the Blue Mountains
and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Whitney was named for a pioneer in the county, C.H. Whitney. The community
of Whitney had a post office from 1901-1943.

Founded as a logging town and platted in 1900, Whitney was the primary
station on the narrow gauge Sumpter Valley Railway. Logging declined in
the area in the 1940s, which caused the town and the railroad to fade.

According to a United States Forest Service sign on the road:
A Town Named Whitney ~ Rails of the Sumpter Valley R. R. reached Whitney
Valley June 1. 1901. Originally a lumber company town, Whitney grew to
become the main head of the Stage Lines to mining and cattle towns such
as Unity, Bridgeport and Malheur City.
Logging railroads were built in all directions out of Whitney during the
next 20 years. Nibley Lumber Company set up a large sawmill south of town
in 1911 as loggers "Daylighted" the large stands of yellow pine nearby. At
one time over 150 people called Whitney their home. When the railway was
abandoned in 1947, the town closed its doors.

The Antlers Guard Station, which is on the National Register of Historic
Places, is in the Whitney area.

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