Whitney, Baker County, Oregon

 Whitney:  A few dilapidated buildings identify this lonely old logging town. Whitney is located on the Sumpter Valley Railway line in the scenic Whitney Valley on Highway 7, 14 miles SW of Sumpter.

One of the few buildings remaining in Whitney

     Written on the card: Post office opened May 25, 1901, closed Sep. 7, 1943 but service continued on the rural route.  Village and lumber mill on the Sumpter Valley Railway.

Main Street!! Whitney, Oregon

     There is a Forest Service sign along the road which reads:

     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.

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