Abandoned Oregon

February 20, 2011 at 7:40 am (History, Old Homesteads, Oregon, Photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t know exactly why I am drawn to these decaying and often desolate places, but their appeal to me is undeniable.

I often wonder what causes a once thriving and vital place to fall away into obscurity.  Some of these places are steeped in history, which is quickly fading from our living memories.  Sometimes the structures themselves actually outlive the stories about how and why they came to be.  Their old bones are fodder for a fertile imagination, and I imagine what life must have been like for the people who lived and loved in these places, scratching out lives in the rough, often inhospitable lands of Central Oregon.

For those of you that like me, can see the treasures in these old heaps, here are some images for you to enjoy.

This old homestead has three chimneys, but I think this is the most interesting.

Panoramic shot of the front, with old Lombardy Poplars beside it.

The back of this place is as interesting as the front.

A panoramic shot of the Grange at Post, Oregon

Interesting thing about Post, Oregon is that it is actually the center of Oregon.  You can’t get much more “Central Oregon” than that.  The community of Post is mainly ranchers and farmers, and I imagine that except for technological advancements, life is not all that different from what it was when this area was originally settled by the pioneers.

Old Farmhouse

Panoramic image of the other side of the Old Farmhouse

Lombardy Poplars

Even when there are no buildings left standing, you can often identify a homestead site by stands of Lombardy Poplars.  These trees were extremely popular during pioneering times.  Ironically, they fell out of favor because of their popularity.  At that time everybody had to have them, and they became so prevalent in the landscape that people quickly tired of seeing them.  They are relatively short-lived trees, and much of what was planted back in those days was either torn out or has since died out.  If you find stands of Lombardy poplars in an otherwise treeless landscape, you know you have found some history.

This old house's chimney is still pretty much intact.

Old Red

The Ashwood Church

Ashwood is considered a ghost town, though there are still full-time residents living in the area.  Services are still held in this church, as you can see by the blue banner advertising Christmas Services (which was still adorning the side of the building in February).  Ashwood came to prominence as a mining town.  Once the mines played out, so did the population.

Old Ranch House standing in the tall sagebrush of Central Oregon

Another view of this old ranch house.

Old Ranch House

And finally, I will leave you with a single image from Kent, Oregon.  I have many more, but will leave that for another day because Kent deserves a blog post of its own.

Old wooden grain elevator standing beside a more modern concrete one.

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1 Comment

  1. Jim said,

    I love experiencing those direct connections with the past , seeing , touching , and smelling , vanished time .It’s the next best thing to experiencing a ghost

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