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    Trying to identify this town. It's not anywhere I am familiar with. The originals are 35mm slides dated 09/1956. They either say "Ghost Town 5 Miles from Elk Lake," or "Ghost Town Near Battle Ax." They all look like the same location to me. Google shows (http://oregon.hometownlocator.com/fe...fips,41047.cfm ) that Jawbone Flats is near Battle Ax, but the pictures don't quite line up to me: (from GT.com's front page) http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/or/jawboneflats.html


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    It's a mystery!

    Something about these buildings says "railroad siding" to me. Could that road be an old grade?

    (And if anybody wants to research this: this is the small Elk Lake near Detroit Lake, not the larger one by Mt. Bachelor.)

    Since there was a lot of timber harvest type activity in the area back in the day, I'd say start researching lumber ghosts and old railroads, find old maps of the area and go from there.

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    Don't know if I would go with the RR idea, but this is definitely snow country, so probably up over 5,000 feet. If you look at the nearest house in the third photo, the stairway going down and to the left facing the camera has a roof structure and the lower roof is steep as are all of them. This always indicates heavy snowfall in winter, so not too likely at a lower elevation like Detroit Lake, or if so it is in an area where snowfall is heavy. The dominant trees are Douglas Fir as near as I can tell and in Oregon they grow up to about 6,500 feet on the West facing slopes. They like lots of rainfall and decent soils to thrive. Looking at the third photo again, you can see the tree line in the upper center of the picture. So the cabins are probably around 5-700 feet lower in elevation, so around 5,500 feet in elevation. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

    Just for fun, I looked up Elk Lake and Battle Axe Mt. The lake elevation appears to be 3,700 ft and the summit of the Mountain is at 5,566, There is a trail to the top of the Mt and it is in a wilderness designated area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Just for fun, I looked up Elk Lake and Battle Axe Mt. The lake elevation appears to be 3,700 ft and the summit of the Mountain is at 5,566, There is a trail to the top of the Mt and it is in a wilderness designated area.
    I noticed that too. It looks like a trip to take this summer.
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