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44° 42′ 47.56″ N, 118° 47′ 1.85″ W
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Susanville is an unincorporated community in Grant County, Oregon, United States, in the Blue Mountains about two miles up Elk Creek from Galena. The place was started as a gold mining camp in 1862 or 1864 and is now considered a ghost town.
Susanville was originally where Galena is now. Susanville post office was established in 1888, but was moved by miners two miles up Elk Creek in 1901, and Galena post office replaced the one at Susanville’s original location. The story goes that the miners of the “New Susanville” actually stole the post office, including its mailboxes, canceling stamp, inkpad. The Susanville office ran until 1952, after which mail went to Bates.
Susanville only had one street because Elk Creek canyon was too narrow for more. In its heyday, the camp had a store and a ten-stamp stamp mill. As many as 1000 miners would come to town on Saturday nights.
In 1913, the 80-oz Armstrong Nugget was found in the Susanville area.