Sumpter    A horse train in Sumpter prior to the 1917 fire. Photo courtesy Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

Sumpter A horse train in Sumpter prior to the 1917 fire. Photo courtesy Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

Sumpter, Oregon was a booming gold-mining town at the time this photo was taken. A number of businesses on Mill Street can be identified in this early city view.

Sumpter, Oregon was a booming gold-mining town at the time this photo was taken. A number of businesses on Mill Street can be identified in this early city view.

Murray 1887 Located 28 miles North of Wallace, Murray sprang up during the gold rush of 1883-1884. Murray replaced Eagle City as the principal town in the area. For a short time in 1884 and 85, Murray had a population greater than Boise, and became the County Seat of Shoshone County. As the gold ran out the seat was moved to Wallace. Today only a few of the buildings remain and a handful of people still live there. Gold mining is still going on at The Golden Chest Mine

Murray 1887 Located 28 miles North of Wallace, Murray sprang up during the gold rush of 1883-1884. Murray replaced Eagle City as the principal town in the area. For a short time in 1884 and 85, Murray had a population greater than Boise, and became the County Seat of Shoshone County. As the gold ran out the seat was moved to Wallace. Today only a few of the buildings remain and a handful of people still live there. Gold mining is still going on at The Golden Chest Mine

Image of Sumpter Oregon in the winter in the early 1900's, before 1917, which was when the downtown area burned down.

Image of Sumpter Oregon in the winter in the early 1900's, before 1917, which was when the downtown area burned down.

Sumpter Dredge, Sumpter, Oregon. Back in "the day" someone in my family owned one of the derelict dredges and I, as a child, played on it!

Sumpter Dredge, Sumpter, Oregon. Back in "the day" someone in my family owned one of the derelict dredges and I, as a child, played on it!

Sumpter in ruins    Sumpter in ruins after fire of August 13, 1917. Photo courtesy Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

Sumpter in ruins Sumpter in ruins after fire of August 13, 1917. Photo courtesy Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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