At the Hitching Post in Fossil - 1913


At the Hitching Post in Fossil

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Looking north on 2nd Street between Washington and Main, we can see that horse-drawn vehicles still dominated the streets in Fossil in 1913. The brick building in the background is Fossil Mercantile. The company still operates in that building today. Fossil, incorporated in 1891, became the county seat of Wheeler County in 1899. Among other things, it's known as the site of the only public fossil field in the United States, where anyone can pay a $3 fee and collect up to three fossils. While this photo is not highly detailed, being reproduced from a period snapshot, it's a great window into life in a small central Oregon town a hundred years ago. It prints best in smaller sizes up to 8 x 14. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0405
Photographer Unknown
Location Fossil, Wheeler County
Subject Town Views
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Snapshot
Size of Original 2.4 x 4.3 inches
Photographer's Number No