Robinette Is An Underwater Ghost Town Hiding In Oregon
By Sarah McCosham|Published May 14, 2021
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Oregon is full of unique and marvelous wonders, most of which are in full display for all to see. Crater Lake, Mount Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls — these grand wonders stand out in the landscape, and command your attention. But there are some extraordinary places that require a bit of patience to discover, or, as in this case, unearth. In the northwest part of the state, near the Oregon/Idaho border, you’ll find Baker County. The county is home to the eponymous Baker City, a bustling town known for striking big during the Gold Rush and its ties to the Oregon Trail. But time hasn’t been as kind to other parts of the county, which is now home to several abandoned towns. But Robinette is different. Robinette isn’t simply a city that’s been forgotten; it’s an underwater ghost town in Oregon that lies, quite literally, at the bottom of a lake.
This underwater ghost town in Oregon is proof positive that history is never really buried in the past. It’s always right here, in the present — often quite literally just below the surface. Special thanks to the Baker County Library District for allowing the use of their extensive digital archive in this article.
Curious to uncover more unique Oregon history? The Sunken Village Archeological Site on Sauvie Island is one of the state’s most marvelous historical discoveries; it’s a well-preserved Chinookan village dating back more than 700 years that’s an intriguing place to explore.
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