A couple years ago I drove to the far desert in Southeastern Oregon, and as I have mentioned in a previous post I stayed in the very small town of Frenchglen. Across from the old hotel was this collapsed home.
At the time of the town's establishment, Portland was already a major city and port on the west coast. The gold rush has ended, but there was still much money to be made farming and ranching around the Portland area, shipping these goods out of Portland down to San Francisco or up to Seattle.
But apparently, with the aid of railroad development, some intrepid individuals found their way to the high desert to seek their fortune.
From this source:
"Frenchglen was named after Pete French and Dr. Hugh Glenn who was Pete French's father-in-law. The "P" Ranch was established in 1872 as the headquarters for French-Glenn Livestock Co. Pete French owned 150,000 acres at the base of the Steens Mountain, in what is now known as the Frenchglen Valley. He was unarmed when allegedly shot and killed by Ed Oliver on December 26, 1897 over a fencing dispute."