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Local historian writes book about ghost town in Malheur County

Author Gary Fugate

ONTARIO – Eldorado was once a booming gold mining town that drew people from far and wide in search of fortune. Today, while there is not much of a town to speak of, its rich history remains. 

Gary Fugate, president of the Malheur Historical Project, has dedicated eight years of his life researching the history and way of life of the pioneers, work that has culminated in his new 320-page book that details the history of the gold mining town from 1867 to 1880. The town was northeast of Ironside and near what remains of Malheur City.

Fugate will introduce the book, entitled “Eldorado,” at the Four Rivers Cultural Center on Friday, July 26. The book signing will take place in the museum lobby from 6 to 8 p.m.

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