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Forgotten Ghost and Mining Towns

Like other Western states, Oregon had its own booming mining and industry towns that in a matter of years went bust, leaving ghost towns in their wake. Those that survived are often in the drier central and eastern areas of the state, and worth the trip. Oregon’s best known ghost town of Shaniko near The Dalles was originally built to hold an influx of sheep farmers when demand for wool was at its height. This “living ghost town” is home to classic, empty houses, water towers and a school, as well as hotels and storefronts – now selling antiques and other treasures. A fun diversion is the Ghost Town Gulch biking trail.

Leaves rustling in the wind may be the only sound you hear in Hardman and Danner, where abandoned buildings line deserted streets. Danner holds history and tales that date back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, including the gravesite and monument of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacagawea. The Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway takes drivers through a number of ghost towns, with potential hauntings around every twist and turn.




GPS Coordinates

1 -- Shaniko, Oregon
Decimal Lat: 45.003638 / Lon: -120.754329

2 -- Danner, Oregon
Decimal Lat: 42.949621 / Lon: -117.339563

3 -- Hardman, Oregon
Decimal Lat: 45.169595 / Lon: -119.68255


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