A town named Whitney. Rails of the Sumpter Valley Railroad reached Whitney Valley June 1, 1901. Originally a lumber company town, Whitney grew to become the main head of stage lines to mining and cattle towns such as Unity, Bridgeport, and Malheur City.
Logging railroads were built out of Whitney in all directions during the next 20 years. Nibley Lumber Company set up a large sawmill south of town in 1911 as loggers “daylighted” the giant stands of yellow pine nearby. At one time, over 150 people called Whitney their home. When the railway was abandoned in 1947, the town closed down.
With few buildings and residents remaining Whitney is located on Highway 7 between Austin Junction and Sumpter in eastern Oregon.
The historical Sumpter Valley Railroad is back in operation and is Oregon’s only all steam, all volunteer railroad, nestled in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.
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