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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

Henry H Griffin and Family 

Henry 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. This discovery started the gold rush to Eastern Oregon.

On 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  now  are tailings from the Gold Ore and Memories. Old Auburn was a boom town with murders and hangings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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