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Description of Hardman Ghost Town
Location: Morrow County,
off Oregon Route 207, OR
Hardman Ghost Town is an abandoned community in Morrow County of
Oregon, United States situated just off Oregon Route 207.
Hardman was originally found in 1870s. The first settlers in the
area of Hardman were John F. Royse and his brother. Royse was
mentioned in a 3 June 1892 article detailing the community of
Hardman. New leader David N. Hardman arrived here in 1878. He
became a prominent leader in the settlement that was eventually
named after him. Adamsville post office was established in 1884
and closed in 1885 due to declining population. It would reopen
and work intermittently until 1968. Today Hardman is abandoned,
but many of the historic buildings are still standing despite
years of neglect.
Mr. Hardman served as postmaster for a number
years, but ultimately asked to be relieved of the "pressing cares of
mercantile life." He subsequently closed out large stock of goods
and sent in his resignation as postmaster. Mr. Hardman filled public
positions with "great credit," and was the republican nominee for
county commissioner at one time. In an 1892 article detailing
Hardman, Mr. Hardman called the area, "this is the easiest country
on the coast in which to make a good living."
the NRHP nomination form for the IOOF hall, a history of Umatilla
and Morrow counties that was published in 1902 said that Hardman at
that time had three general stores, two hotels, two feed stables,
two blacksmiths, a saloon, a barber shop, a church, schools, a post
office, a newspaper, and a telephone office. Other infrastructure
included two meeting halls, a skating rink, and a racetrack.