Auburn, Baker County, Oregon Genealogy
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History[edit | edit source]
- Founded 13 June 1862, when William H. Packwood along with Ed Cranston and George Hall called a meeting to plat the area that became Town of Auburn.
- The area was settled following the discovery of the gold in the Griffin Gulch nearby. Today only trace of Auburn is a field of washed stones in the Blue Canyon.
- Auburn was Baker County's first county seat before a daring raid by town leaders of Baker City in 1875 taking the county records and moved to Baker City.
- Events leading to the establishment of the city, gold was found on Griffin Creek in October 1861, and within a few weeks the eastern Oregon gold rush was in full fever. Thousands of miners and prospectors poured into the Blue Mountains and also into parts of Idaho where there were similar discoveries. A camp sprang up in the Blue Canyon district, a little south of Griffin Creek. This camp was about eight miles airline southwest of Baker City and it rapidly became one of the largest settlements in eastern Oregon.
- Post Office was established 1 November 1862 with William F. McCrary first postmaster, and it was the first post office in northeastern Oregon. It was in operation until 31 October 1903 when it closed to Baker City.
Maps[edit | edit source]
- USGS GNIS map for Auburn
Additional Books[edit | edit source]
- Ghost towns of Washington and Oregon WorldCat 3167272
- Main Street, northeastern Oregon : the founding and development of small towns WorldCat 8307087 ▲ FHL Collection
- Oregon Ghost Towns WorldCat 2713643 ▲ FHL Collection
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