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    Lightbulb Good Oregon ghost towns for newspaper photos?

    Hi there, I'm brand new here on the forums, but I have a request.

    I'm writing a story for Halloween about ghost towns in and around the Columbia River Gorge in both Oregon and Washington.

    The story will be running in The Dalles Chronicle in the next couple of weeks, and I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for places with interesting stories and pictures in the area.

    I've been to Shaniko and I thought it was incredible, but I'd love to hear some more ideas if you've got them.

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    I haven't been there for about 30 years but there were some out towards Dufur. I don't remember their names anymore. I think one started with a B and the other may have been Friendly. Just to long ago to be sure. Good luck on your article. I lived in The Dalles back in the mid. 70's. Spent alot of time running the back roads south out of The Dalles. Lots of old school houses back then. There was one on Jap Hollow Rd. off Eightmile rd. with an old cemetery across the road. I don't remember anything about them either, Sorry. Rupe
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    Thanks, Rupe!

    I appreciate it. I think the "B" one is Boyd? I'm not sure, but I'm going to check that one out tomorrow.

    I appreciate the help, and I'll post a link to the story when it comes out.

    Sam

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    Yep that was it Boyd!
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    I recently did a report on Bridal Veil Falls and Palmer. Since many people know about the waterfall, it would surprise and interest them to know about the 2 ghost towns that used to be there.

    http://ghosttowns.com/states/or/bridalveil.html

    Also, Fort Cascades, and the town of Cascades (that supported the fort,) were wiped out in the 1894 flood, which was the greatest ever recorded in Oregon history.

    A different flood of 1861 wiped out Champoeg and Scottsburg. This 1861 flood seemed to have claimed many towns as victims. Linn City went down in that flood, and I believe, so did Monticello, WA, which was a very important town to Washington's history.

    Look up the "Monticello Convention." (For some reason, ther's no wiki article about it yet.)

    http://www.ci.longview.wa.us/communi...w_history.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linn_City,_Oregon

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champoeg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottsburg,_Oregon

    This website below is especially helpful. It is sometimes tricky to navigate, but it has a lot of info about ghosttowns and the floods.

    http://columbiariverimages.com/Regio...ade_locks.html

    Let us know how the article goes! Post it here if you will.

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    Scottsburg was moved after the flood in 1861 when the Umpquia river flooded the old town of Scottsburg. It is just a small town on HWY 38 now. I go through it alot but have yet to stop. Now that I have found this site, I'm going to have to stop.
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    Default shaniko is my favorite in the area

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    Nice photo! I have been there I don't know how many times, but everytime I drive by I always stop in and wander around. rupe
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    So is the hotel still closed at Shaniko?

    I also forgot to mention, Bridal Veil is supposed to have a cemetary. Would make a creepy photo, "Halloweenish," to take a time-lapse exposure (at night,) of a gravestone that said "died of diptheria" as they are supposed to say there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsarevna View Post
    So is the hotel still closed at Shaniko?

    I also forgot to mention, Bridal Veil is supposed to have a cemetary. Would make a creepy photo, "Halloweenish," to take a time-lapse exposure (at night,) of a gravestone that said "died of diptheria" as they are supposed to say there.
    I think the hotel was open when I went through it about a year ago. But we didn't stop very long, just to go into one of the second hand shops real quick. But I don't think is was closed, I hope not, I've wanted to spend the night there. I bet that place creaks and squeeks at night. Maybe see a ghost or two. rupe

    ps That would make a cool picture of the graveyard, pretty eerie!
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