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Shaniko, Oregon: Ghost Town That Couldn't Be Bought

Touristy collection of aging buildings in a water-challenged sheep ranch region. Recently fought off a developer with a plan to create Oregon's "Tombstone."

US Hwy 97, Shaniko, OR
On US 97.
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Ghost Town That Couldn't Be Bought

Population 23. Just talking to the women who owns the candy store (what looked like a couple of barrels of Weathers Originals) made the entire trip.

[Brrappninja, 09/02/2019]

Shaniko ghost town.

Ghost Town That Couldn't Be Bought

In Shaniko, you can go into the old jail, including into a cell!

[Heather, 07/25/2015]

Texaco station.

Ghost Town That Couldn't Be Bought

Shaniko site now includes a restored Old fashioned Texaco station. Don't miss the S&H Green Stamp sign.

[Kim Wheeler, 09/03/2014]

Ghost town church.

Shaniko Ghost Town

Shaniko is a little ghost town on US 97 between Madras and Biggs. There are lots of neat old building and a few have recently been refurbished. There was a rain/thunder storm while we were there so we didn't get out and look at anything close up, but worth the drive.

[Jody Day, 04/07/2014]

We stopped at Shaniko a few years ago when the town's citizens had just fended off a developer with big ideas. It appears that the ghosts have won.

Ghost town of Shaniko.

Shaniko - Living Ghost Town

Shaniko, on Route 97 between Madras and Biggs, is a partial ghost town, a ghost of what it once was. Old buildings, couple free museums, hotel is for sale, and an ice cream parlor. Be sure and ask what the giant warehouse next to town is.

[bob m, 07/01/2011]

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Torpedo Mini-Muffler Car, Prineville, OR - 49 mi.

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