Shaniko – One of Oregon’s Most Interesting Ghost Towns


The year was 1862, and the Homestead Act had just been put into place as people began to settle. By the year 1898, with no efficient way for goods to be transported came the proposal for a railroad to be built. The construction of this railway sparked the idea of a town, and by 1900 the tracks of the Columbia Southern Railroad Line finally made it to the future home of Shaniko, Oregon.

By 1901, Shaniko was established and commerce had already begun, with this railway making Shaniko a hub for all of Oregon’s interior trade straight down to the California border. During the year of 1903, Shaniko had become famous for its wool trade, being the town’s claim to fame. World records were set for wool production, with some days yielding up to $3,000,000 in transactions for a single day. However, it was not long after this that the town would begin a sharp decline.

By 1910, population was at its peak with 495 residents…

My name is Debra Holbrook and I gave came to Shaniko in 1993. I was volunteering to take Oregon history, kids, to places where history happened. I was not as a student way back when interested in history, but when my kids got to the eighth grade and actually studied Oregon history, I went as a chaperone and the teacher they had taken them to like fork lots of places where history happened and it just really grabbed me, the DA was the way it should be, and in 1996 I was living here.

I met a man who grew up out here and he had just retired and was studying the history of the area, and I wanted to put something together that people could take them like a souvenir or something so I started I was studying the newspapers that had Happened here, and so I started, one is called the Shannon Osage and it’s in volume, 14.

Now, but anyway, I met this man and he was doing exceptional history. He was one of the second generation kids that happen in this area, where Shaniko came into being in 1900, and so he put me in touch with a lot of those people. We had reunions for them. The school was being restored there that we’re in right now by 2005.

We had invested 140,000 to this building for granted, but the thing that fascinated me about Shannon goes: it had to be history, but I loved the area. When I started coming here, I felt a real peace about it and I, and the only word I could describe it – was home and that’s how I still feel it’s just like the place. I’m supposed to be yeah Nicole calls people, she needs to survive and that’s kind of who keeps coming.

People who want to see things say, see Shanna Coast a way she should be. It still has a collection of its original buildings. The story about Shaniko. Is it its heyday ended in 1911, several major fires, actually, instead of one big fire took most of she goes business district out wall records were set in Jan ago, making it the largest inland bull shipping center in the world started in 1903, three million dollar transactions In one day, Aldus kingdom, research in history, my time is up?

Jason Smith

Former Marine, IT Guy & Builder of Websites.  I have 5 US states left to visit. I enjoy hot springs, adventures, hiking, photography, sci-fi, wine, coffee & whiskey.  I am fluent in sarcasm, name that tune, & speak in movie quotes.  I spend most of my time building websites, fixing computers, metal detecting, magnet fishing and gaming occasionally.

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