Business district in Minam in the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon, 1960
This is the store at Minam in Wallowa County, Oregon, as seen in September 1960. There is a Richfield gas station in front of the store. Minam is situated at the junction of the Wallowa and Minam rivers. The Indian name for the locality of the Minam river was E-mi-ne-mah. This name described a valley or canyon where a certain sort of plant was abundant. This plant is said to have resembled a small sunflower, and the root, growing in loose rocks, was used for food. The suffix mah was the Indian word for valley or canyon. The building is substantial and is two-stories, wooden, and has a wide porch acros the front on both levels. It undoubtedly served as a hotel or coach stop in the past. It has a high rocky hillside behind it.
Minam, Oregon; Wallowa County; store; Richfield gas station
Mr. Ben Maxwell
2.25 in. H x 2.25 in. W
Salem Public Library
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Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections, Salem Public Library, Salem, Oregon