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Outline of the state of Oregon with a marker in the upper middle for the location of the town of Hardman.
Hardman, first called “Rawdog,” was once a center of commerce for farms in southern Morrow County. The town prospered with schools, stores, hotels, a newspaper, and even a telephone office. However, Hardman declined after the 1920s when a railroad ran through nearby Heppner, 20 miles to the northeast. One of the last commercial buildings standing from the town's heyday is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) hall, which was built in 1900.

Two men on horses ride behind a herd of cows making their way down a dirt road. A few old buildings stand to the right.

A cattle drive moves down Main Street in Hardman in 1962. Enlarged image courtesy of Ben Maxwell Collection​.

Golden grass under a blue sky with 2 rundown buildings standing next to a dead tree.

Old buildings in Hardman. (Oregon State Archives, 2007) Get a high resolution copy of this image in the Oregon Scenic Images Collection​.

A wooden plank building with "1879 Hardman Community Center" printed on the front.

The old Hardman IOOF Lodge Hall in Hardman. (Ian Poellet, Wikimedia Commons) Enlarge Image

An old falling down house with pieces of wood proping up the sides. There's a ladder on the roof and one leading against 1 side.

Lumber helps brace the front porch of a house in Hardman. (Wikimedia Commons) Enlarge Image

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