Oregon Ghost Towns A to Z – Volume 2
Did you know that Oregon has over 250 ghost towns, the most of any state in the country? Steve Arndt, author of the Roads Less Traveled Series, adds a new perspective to the definition of ghost town and invites you to visit almost 50 of them in this second collection of once vigorous and lively locations. Oregon Ghost Towns A to Z - Volume 2, which begins in the small community of Ajax in Gilliam County and ends in Zumwalt in Wallowa County, takes the explorer from the Oregon Coast to Hells Canyon and from the Columbia River to the California border in search of communities that are shadowed semblances of their former glory. Dilapidated buildings, stone ruins, empty stores, and towns with few inhabitants will draw and guide the ghost town hunter to these locations.
Do You Know?
- Ballston – Near Dallas, has the oldest existing school house in the state?
- Rock Point - By Gold Hill, Rock Point had one of the first telegraph offices in Oregon?
- Horse Heaven - Near Ashwood, had a productive cinnabar and gold mining operation?
- Greenhorn - Named for a tenderfoot miner, is the highest incorporated city in Oregon?
- New Pine Creek - Straddles the Oregon-California border and has a flour mill over 140 years old?
- Camp Gap - Was home to over 200 men who lived and worked here during the depression?
Now travelers, after reading about the classifications and visiting some or all of these locations, “What is your definition of a ghost town?”