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.

1 comment:

niki said...

i live next to Golden, Oregon. my family moved here in 95 from so.cal. i've never lived in such a beautiful place!!!the air is so fresh, in the hot summer you can smell fresh flowers and pines. the birds singing as well as other sounds, deer in the yard, owls in the trees. summer stays light til' about 9:45-10:00ish. the sun rises rather early as well! our family has had many picknicks at Golden and hiked the wetlands always discovering something new! for those who like to visit gost towns- or just want to do something fun and exciting, it's not far from the I-5, it's fun for all ages and very AWESOME! niki