Bourne, OregonMining Ghost Town
Bourne, Oregon Ghost Town
A short 7 mile drive outside the town of Sumpter, Oregon, Bourne is easily accessed by driving up the road along Cracker Creek. There are still many cabins alive in Bourne; some inhabited while others have fallen into disrepair.
Originally named “Cracker,” Bourne officially became a town in 1895 when it received a post office, being named after Senator Jonathan Bourne, Jr. of Portland, who owned and operated two mines nearby (source: Ghostowngallery.com).
According to Howard Brooks, “Mines along the North Pole Columbia Lode near Bourne, six miles north of Sumpter, produced about $8,000,000 in gold and silver during [the time period] 1894-1916.”
To Get There
- Starting from the town of Sumpter, drive west on Highway 410 towards the town of Granite.
- In .5 miles, turn right on Cracker Creek Road.
- Cracker Creek Road turns to dirt in short order.
- Stay on Cracker Creek road for 6 miles, winding gently uphill along Cracker Creek. You’ll know you’ve hit Bourne once you start seeing the cabins and buildings in this article.
- Note: Accessible by snowmobile only in Winter