Oregon’s Ghost Towns: Shaniko

Ghost towns have always been a fascinating subject for me, in part because I love to imagine what the energy was like when it was thriving. Towns are not created with the intent to become vacant. What celebrations took place in its streets? How did its founders envision the future? What hopes did settlers have…

: Ian Poellet


The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway leads to Shaniko, one of Oregon’s most popular ghost towns, set on the sagebrush plains of Central Oregon.

Among the haunted remnants of what was once the “Wool Capital of the World” are the weathered structures of a historic hotel, a jail and a schoolhouse. Remaining residents are surprisingly spirited, putting on several annual events, including a vintage music festival, a bluegrass jamboree and historic Shaniko Days.

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