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
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.
-- Shaniko, Oregon
Lat: 45.003638 / Lon: -120.754329
-- Danner, Oregon
Lat: 42.949621 / Lon: -117.339563
-- Hardman, Oregon
Lat: 45.169595 / Lon: -119.68255