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Lonerock and Hardman, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on July 20, 2014

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2109; A Landing A Day blog post number 537.

 Dan –  Oh-oh.  Three OSers in a row, thanks to this landing in  . . . OR; 82/68; 4/10; 148.5.

Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

My local landing map shows my proximity to the two titular towns:

landing 2

Here’s an oblique Google Earth (GE) shot, showing a fairly rugged landscape with nearly no vegetation (and certainly very little civilization):


Funny how the one mile line goes up and down the hills, eh?

I had to use GE to figure out that my drainage heads west from my landing (the road to the east of the my landing is a ridge road).  Here’s a streams-only map:

 landing 3

Street Atlas didn’t show the entire length of the Middle Fork of Rock Creek, so I added it.  Anyway, the Middle Fork flows to Rock Creek proper.

Here’s an expanded view that shows that Rock Creek ends up in the John Day River (9th hit); on to the Columbia (149th hit).

landing 4

I’ve blogged about John Day several times.  If you care to learn about him, type “John Day” in the search box above.  You’ll see numerous Oregon posts that feature Mr. Day, including Dayville.

So, considering that Lonerock was so close by, I had to check in with Wiki:

Lonerock was founded in 1881 as a service center for the surrounding ranches. It was named for an unusual, 35-foot-high lone rock which still stands in the town near the old Methodist church. The city’s population grew from 68 in 1900 to 70 in 1910, 73 in 1920 and then to a high of 82 in 1930.   By the 1940 census, Lonerock’s population dwindled to 46, and continued to drop to 38 in 1950, 31 in 1960, and then bottomed out to 12 residents in 1970.  The city grew to 26 citizens in 1980, before falling to 11 in the 1990 census.

Well, except for telling us about the lone rock, Wiki seems obsessed about the town’s population (more about that later).  Here are a couple of Panoramio shots of the church and rock.  First, this rear view by RoxRay:

 pano roxray lonerock & church

Here’s a front view by Kenn:

 pano kenn lonerock & church

As a geologist, I certainly have some curiosity about the lone rock.  But a quick Google search yielded no information.  Moving right along to Hardman.  Here’s what Wiki has to say:

The first settlers came in 1879.  Some settlers called the area Dairyville, while others called it Rawdog. At the same time, David Hardman, who arrived in the county in 1878, started a settlement a mile to the southeast. A post office named Hardman was established there in 1881 with Hardman as postmaster.

A mile to the northwest of Dairyville was the community known to some as Adamsville, but to others as Yallerdog. In 1882, the Hardman post office was moved to Dairyville (aka Rawdog) but retained the Hardman name.  The name of Dairyville ceased to exist.

The Adamsville post office was established in 1884 and closed in 1885, and thereafter, all activity centered on what is now Hardman.  Some locals called the place Dogtown after its two predecessors (Yallerdog & Rawdog). Why the locals named these communities after dogs is unknown.

In 1902 Hardman had three general stores, two hotels, two feed stables, two blacksmiths, a saloon, a barber shop, a church, schools, a post office, a newspaper, a telephone office. two meeting halls, a skating rink, and a racetrack.

So, we’ve had Dairyville, Rawdog, Hardman, Adamsville, Yallerdog and Dogtown.  My vote would go to Rawdog.

Anyway, I found some population data for Hardman (to go along with what I already found for Lonerock), and I did a sophisticated population trend survey of the two towns.  Here ‘tis:


For some reason, in 2000, the Census Bureau decided to stop counting the good folks who live in Hardman, although they continued counting the few souls who still call Lonerock home . . . 

This post will end up being somewhat of a lightweight, with just a bunch of GE Panoramio shots of Hardman (generally considered a ghosttown).  Here goes . . .

I’ll start with two shots by P. G. Holbrook:

 pano pgholbrook hardman

 pano pgholbrook hardman 2

And follow up with a shot of an old country store by Grant Golberg:

 pano grant groberg hardman store

And then, two by Pamela Ebert Poland:

 pano pamela hardman


pano pamelo ebert poland hardman

Note “Yellow Dog” and “Raw Dog”, above.  I’ll close with these two shots by Dave Brenner:

 pano dave brenner birdhouse hardman


 pano dave brenner hardman

That’ll do it.




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