In Maupin, we stayed at The Oasis, a series of cabins which were used for railroad construction in the early 1900's.
|Here is one of the cabins|
|what our cabin looked like on the inside|
There wasn't much to the cabins: a tiny table, refrigerator, and a bitty little bathroom. But the cabin was heated, and if you sat in just the right place, you could get wifi.
The first ghost town we went searching for was Bakeoven. Along the way we found this tiny cemetery.
We continued east until we found Bakeoven. I must admit, we were slightly disappointed. There wasn't much to see at Bakeoven, just an old barn and a small building next to it.
From Bakeoven, we drove to Shaniko. Shaniko isn't exactly a ghost town, there is a sparse population of about 35 people. The town consists of both abandoned buildings and restored buildings.
|I love this old truck parked out in a field|
|various building in Shaniko|
|remains of a wagon|
Outside of Shaniko, along the road, we found a couple more interesting buildings.
|House out in a field|
|looks like an old school house|
|old building next to the school house|
|The remains of a mattress within the building|
The next town we visited was Antelope. Antelope is another town that has a small population with many abandoned buildings.
|small building in Antelope|
|abandoned school. The rusting playground makes me ache|
|beautiful church in Antelope|
|Old firetruck parked by the school|
East of Antelope is a tiny ghost town called Clarno. Again, there wasn't much to the town. Just an old grange and an abandoned school that was on private property.
|old bridge entering Clarno|
|Old Clarno school|
Near Maupin is the White River Falls State Park. It's a beautiful place with an amazing waterfall and an abandoned dam.
|White River Falls|
|Remains of the dam|
|part of the old dam|
The final ghost town we visited had the happy name of Friend, Oregon. Again, we drove a long distance to find only a few buildings. But this was the most "ghostish" of the ghost towns we found.
|abandoned school in Friend|
|The school had an outhouse|
|abandoned building in Friend|
|Loved the windmill|
|abandoned store at Friend|
|old building at Friend|
|old tractor near a barn in Friend.|
We had a wonderful time searching for ghost towns. Unfortunately, time ran out before our enthusiasm did. I can't wait to head east again in search of more!