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23 February 2007

Finding Friend - preview

Laurie Kruczek, a convinced Quaker from Oregon, describes her visit to an abandoned town

Friend, Oregon is a mysterious spot on the Wasco County map
  • There are plenty of towns like these all across Oregon, especially once you are east of the Cascade Mountain Range
  • They are ghost towns – once bustling boom towns from the days of the Gold Rush and the Oregon Trail
  • There are fancifully named places like Bakeoven, Izee, Blitzen, Cornucopia, Horse Heaven, Quartzville, Granite, Bohemia City, Kinzua, Jawbone Flats, and Apiary
  • The stories those towns could tell!

    Probably one of the most notable ghost towns in Oregon is Shaniko
  • The former 'wool capital of the world' almost rotted into the ground until recently
  • The twenty or thirty remaining residents decided to preserve the old west architecture, spruce the place up, and restore a fascinating historical town
  • The turn-of-the-century chapel hosts 300 weddings a year!

    Laurie Kruczek

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