Travelling south, on Route 197, we entered a desert-type country. Beautifull in all its ruggedness.
That place looks like an oasis. Loving every mile I drive on these roads!
We were heading for Shaniko and when we arrived and pulled up to park the car, I was treated to this ol' timer getting in his ol' timer car…
Shaniko is a city located in Wasco County,OR on U.S. Route 97 and about 8 miles (13 km) north of Antelope, another ghost town on our list.
As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 26: a virtual ghost town whose preservation is being spearheaded by investments from Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., a businessman and owner of the Portland Tribune and Columbia Empire Farms.
One of the early settlers was August Scherneckau, who came to the area after the Civil War in 1874. The town was called Cross Hollows, but Scherneckau became Postmaster here and the name changed to a simpler version: Shaniko.
Cattle ranches produced, among other things, a lot of wool. Due to the layout of the railway system, Shaniko developed into the 'Wool capital of the World' in 1900.
A change in the railway system saw traffic decline and the town grew smaller and smaller.
A mid-1960s flood in Hay Canyon near Grass Valley destroyed part of the Columbia Southern line and led to its abandonment.
So much detail in this house... No doubt many tales live under that roof.
The ghostly deserted streets of Shaniko,OR.
Sarsaparilla, a drink songs are made of but I have yet to try it. The bar was closed..
How long ago, you think, the wedding bells have rolled onto the Oregon prairie, fading between the desert hills?
Things falling down.
Stuff for sale but I must admit I bought my souvenirs elsewhere in Shaniko, including a very nice leather belt.
Modest dwelling, but graced with a garden.
There were two structures in Antellope (10 minutes south of Shaniko) that dated back to early 1900s,
but I rather preferred the weathered-look of this garage.
This rocky outcrop showed volcanic material; the activity must date back several centuries I think.