CLICK an image at left to enter Gallery #3 at that record.
1,100 photographs. This gallery's photographs are related to mining in Baker County and adjacent parts of Grant and Malheur counties. Most of Oregon's gold production has come from these mines.
Gold was discovered in Griffin Gulch southwest of present-day Baker City in October 1861. In the summer of 1862, the discovery led to the founding of the town of Auburn, the first settlement in the eastern half of Oregon.
When known, mine location is given in decimal latitude and longitude. The decimal location may be used to locate the mine in a program like Google Earth (free download from googleearth.com).
Name and location of some mines are unknown. And some may be identified incorrectly. Baker County Library requests that comments and corrections be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard Brooks, "A Pictorial History of Gold Mining in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon," 2007. Baker County Historical Society, Baker City, Oregon. 200 pp. (For 30 years Brooks was the Oregon State geologist stationed in Baker City.)
Miles F. Potter, "Oregon's Golden Years," 1976. Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho. (General history of mining in Oregon with about three-fourths devoted to Eastern Oregon mining.) 181 pp.