Monday, January 12, 2009
Golden - Oregon Ghost Town
Golden, OR - 3 miles east of Wolf Creek
Gold was first discovered in the mid 1850's and was sluice box mined until the late 1870's when the first hydraulic giant was introduced. By the mid 1880's William Ruble had purchased nearly all mining claims east and west of Golden. William's sons, Schuyler and William, mined the shallow ground and leased the deeper ground to other miners.
Coyote Creek was continuously mined will into the mid 20th Century. The activity was so great in the late 1870's the Oregon-California Stage Company detoured to what is now Golden to deliver mail, passengers and goods--a fact established by William Ruble's deed records.