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Old Auburn Cemetery
Old Auburn Cemetery is located about one mile up a four wheel drive mountain road in a forest south of Baker City, Oregon. It is a secluded place that few people see and has not changed from the time of the old west. In 1883 one of Eastern Oregon's most important historical individuals was buried here.
Henry H Griffin and Family
H Griffin was the first to discover Gold in Eastern Oregon in 1861. Born about
1822 in Maine. In 1861 Henry H Griffin and his partner David Littlefield were
looking for the Bluebucket Mine. They camped at a Gulch South West of Baker
City OR. Now known as Griffin Gulch. While Littlefield Cooked their dinner.
Henry H Griffin made a prospect hole. The next day they found gold. Four of
the men spent the winter there Henry
Griffin, David Littlefield , William Stafford and G. W. Schriver.
the 1870 Census of Baker County. OR His occupation is listed as a Miner. He is
Married to Mary A (Degenave?) born about 1833 in British America. They lived in Powder
River Valley, Baker County OR. He
had a son John A Griffin born
18 June 1873 and died the 04, May 1876. His wife Mary A Griffin also
died 05 July 1876. Henry
H Griffin was listed on the 1880 Census. With his Occupation as a Miner,
with a Crippled foot. He is living with Richard Mckinney. Griffin is
buried with his wife and son at the Auburn Cemetery near the old town of
Auburn, OR. The site is surrounded with a rail fence with high grass and wild
field flowers growing all around. Perhaps he would have like it this way. He has a headstone with his death
dates his wife and sonís death date on it
His wife and son have a wooden Cross.
The only thing remaining of Old Auburn
tailings from the Gold Ore and Memories.
Old Auburn was a boom town with murders and hangings.
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