Ghost Towns of Oregon

Ghost Towns of Oregon

This is by far the most complete list of Oregon’s Ghost Towns in existence. Many people say that Oregon has between 60 and 80 ghost towns, I have identified 268 on the map below and have another 50+ to add to the map.

*update* After much research, I believe that the number of ghost towns in Oregon is actually closer to 1600. Yes, that number is outstandingly hard to believe. But one of my primary sources, Oregon Post Offices 1847-1985” has that many entries. Another source, Lat-long.com lists 1614 “historical” post offices that no longer exist. Even accounting for absorbed post office, we still have a large number of towns that that never had post offices too, making me think that even this number is low. And yes, that is still more post offices then any other state.

Many of these towns simply do not exist anymore. If we’re lucky, they have left a name on modern maps. The ebb and flow of multiple gold strikes in the early days of Oregon, land speculation as Oregon was the last location of “cheap” land, and optimistic homesteaders choosing the wrong location, and railroads bypassing towns, led to many towns being built and then dwindling away.

Some of these towns persisted despite the odds. Maybe they were saved by the coming of the rail road, newly discovered industry or tourism. Frequently they died a few decades later as the rail roads lost profit, tourism moved on, or worse of all, highways bypassed towns completely. All of these left hints of civilization around the state. Historic Barns from past farms sit in back yards. Elegant Victorian homes are surrounded by neighborhoods of modern houses. Little green City Signs dot rural highways naming a small hamlet of two or three ramshackle buildings.

If you know anything more about any specific town, or know of any abandoned towns that are not on my list, please email me, or post a comment below on the relevant town.

An explanation of the Class and one digit codes on each town can be found here.

Town names and locations are gathered from a variety of sources. Here is a list of books that I personally own and rely on for Ghost Town Names and locations. I also rely on a variety of web based sources such as the Ghost Town Forums, WikiPedia(and it’s sources,) the Lat-Long.com Oregon Web Page, and of course, Google Maps for without, much of this research would not be possible.

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The Ghost Towns

Click below to find more information about individual Ghost Towns of Oregon

Ada

Alicel

Algoma

All Hours

Alpine

Alrich

Altamont (Leland)

Althouse

Altoona

Andrews

Anidem

Anlauf

Apiary

Aquadea

Arch Cape

Arlington

Arrow

Ashwood

Auburn

Aurora

Austa

Austin

Bacona – isolated timber town SE of Vernonia that is now totally gone.

Bakeoven

Ballston

Bancroft

Barview

Bay

Bear Flat

Beaverhill

Beckley

Bellfountain

Bellwood – Needs more information!

Bethel

Birkenfeld

Blaine

Blalock

Blind

Blitzen

Bloomington

Bohemia

Bonanza

Boones Landing (Boone’s Ferry, Boon)

Boston

Bourne (Cracker)

Boyd

Bradwood

Bridal Veil

Bridgeport

Broadbent

Brownsmead

Browntown

Bryant

Bryden

Buell

Buena

Buffalo

Bull Run

Buncom

Burlington

Butteville (Butes, La Butte, Buteville, St. Alexcie)

Cabell City

Canary

Canemah

Cascadia

Cazadero

Champoeg (Encampment du Sable)

Cherryville

Chitwood

Clackamas City

Clarksville

Clarno

Clatsop City

Cliff

Clifton

Colfac

Concomly

Condon

Conley

Cornucopia

Crawfordsville

Cross Hollows

Currinsville (Young’s Prairie, Zion)

Cushman

Cutler City

Dead Ox Flats

Cynthia

Danner

Dayville

Dee

Derby

Detroit (Coe)

Dodson

Dolph (Tillamook County)

Dolph

Dorena

Drain

Drewsy

Durkee

Elk City

Ellendale

Eola

Eureka (Baker County)

Eureka (Eureka Bar)(Wallowa County)

Fairfield

Falcon

Faraday

Farmington

Farmington Mall

Fleetwood

Flora

Fort Rock

Fremont

Friend

Galena

Galice

Garrsion’s Landing

Geneva

Gilchrist

Gilkey Station

Glencoe

Glenwood

Goble

Gold Beach

Golden

Grande Ronde

Grandview

Granite (Independence)

Greenback

Greenhorn

Halfway

Hamilton

Hamlet

Hardman

Harrisburg

Hauser

Hines

Hoevet

Holbrook

Holland

Horning

Horse Haven

Hoskins

Houlton

Howard

Hunters

Idanha

Idaville (Jawbone)

Idiotville

Independence

Izee

Jacksonville

Jacktown

Jawbone Flats

Jennyopolis

Jordan

Jumtown

Kent

Kerby (Kirbeyville, Napoleon)

Kerry

Kerville

King’s Valley

Kingsley

Kinton

Kinzua

Kirk (Kirkford)

Lake

Lamonta

Lancaster

Latourell

Lents

Lexington

Lime

Lincoln

Linn City

Little Sweden (Green Basin)

Logan

Loma Vista

Lonerock

Longcoy’s Grand View Park(Longcoy’s, Grand View)

Lorane

Lutgens

Mabel

Macksburg

Malheur City

Marysville

Mayger

McCoy

Millican

Millirons (Stage Coach Stop)

Milton

Mitchell

Mohler

Monroe

Mount Tabor

Mowich

Multnomah City

Narrows

Neer City

Nehalem

Nesika

Neverstill

New Era

No Fog

Oak Grove

Olney

Opal City

Ophir

Ordnance

Orenco

Orleans

Ortley

Oxbow

Oxford

Palestine

Palmer

Park Place

Peak

Perry

Perrydale

Pine

Pine City

Pine Ridge

Pittsburg

Placer

Pleasant Hill

Pocahontas

Point Terrace

Pondosa

Post

Prescott

Quartzville

Rachel

Ragton

Reuben

Richmond

Ritter

Robinette

Robisonville

Rock Point

Rowena

Salmonberry

Sanger

Scottsburg

Shaniko

Sharksville

Shedd

Shelburn (Shellburn)

Shevlin

Snooseville Corner (Snooseville) – Small village that contained a saw mill

Silver Falls

Simnasho – Located on the Warmsprings Reservation

Sink

St Alexcie

St. Johns

Starkey

Starrs Point

Sterlingville

Sumpter

Suplee

Susanville

Taft (Johnson)

Tampico (No information!)

Taylor’s Bridge

Three Forks

Timber

Trenholm

Troy (Nauvoo)

Twin Rocks

Umpqua City

Uniontown

Valsetz

Van – abandoned ranching community in Harney County

Vanport

Vaughn

Viewpoint

Wagontire

Waldo (Sailor’s Diggings)

Waldron

Warren

Waterville

Watson

Wauna

Wedderburn

Weatherby

Wellen

Wendling

Westfall (Bully)

Westfir

Wetmore

Wheatland

Wheeler

Whitney

Wilark

Wilderville

Willow Creek

Willsburgh

Wingville

Winlock

Wolf Creek

Woodrow

Yankton

Zena

Oregon Ghost Town Books

Ghosts of Times Past: A Road Trip of Eastern Oregon Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest: Your Guide to the Hidden History of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia

Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest: Your Guide to Ghost Towns, Mining Camps, and Historic Forts of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

Oregon’s Ghost Towns

BUNCOM: CROSSROADS STATION: An Oregon Ghost Town’s Gift from the Past

Willamette Landings Ghost Towns of the River

And last but certainly far from least, Lambert Florin has a huge series of Ghost Town Books. Many cover Oregon Towns.

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  1. Thank you so much for this! You’re list is very helpful! I am planning a trip to oregon (staying mainly on the coast but going into portland) and I was wondering what you think the BEST ghost town in oregon is?!

    • Hello Sierra, I hope you enjoy your trip to Oregon. There aren’t really any good ghost towns along the coast. There are several historic communities such as Waldport and Toledo that are worth visiting. The sea air, scavenging for building materials, forest fires, and flooding ruined most towns.

      If you can take the time, Shaniko is probably your best bet. It’s only a couple of hours east of Portland. If you’re further south traveling along I-5, Golden and Buncom are both good trips.

        • Hello Timothy, thank you for stopping by. I do not know of any abandoned radio or cell towers. I’m making the assumption that most of those get reused or taken down for safety reasons pretty quickly .

  2. I love this list you have put together although I have two other ghost towns for your consideration. Marmot, OR and Wapinitia, OR both have ties to my family. Marmot was established by my great grandfather around 1886. Wapinitia is where my family currently lives and though the population be small many buildings still stand including the church, school gymnasium and one of the hotels along with many other small buildings and homes. Both are ghost towns I think would be a great addition to your list!

  3. My grandmother and her family used to live on a farm near the town of Mineral Springs. Nearly everyone had to leave because they lost their farms during the Depression. I’m not finding any info about it online. I have been to this place. I don’t know the exact location, but I have been there myself and there is a sign saying “Mineral Springs.” When everyone had to leave, because they lost their farms and businesses, my family donated some land to the state to be used as a burial ground for the people leaving, so the families leaving would have a place to bury their loved ones. The bodies were moved from their farms to our family’s little cemetery. I’ve seen that too. There’s a little jar that you can open, hidden somewhere, with the names and locations of everyone in the cemetery. I’m surprised you don’t have Mineral Springs in your list. At least one person still lives there, they have what looks like a little B&B where the hot springs are located.

  4. Hi Rick –

    Awesome site! I’m trying to find reference to a ghost town in Curry County on the Sixes River called Somersville, or possibly Summersville / Sommersville or some other variant. I’ve heard it was located at the site of the current Sixes River Recreation area, but I’ve not been able to pinpoint its exact location. Any ideas?

    • Hello Brian!

      I just took a look over at Lat-long.com for anything I could find. Unfortunately the only version of that spelling is Sommerville Dam, OR in Malheur County. If the town existed, it wasn’t big enough for a post office. I have no doubt it did exist though, that area was the location of a major gold strike and towns would have sprung up all over the place.

      I’d suggest going into the Coos County or Marshfield Newspaper archives and see what might be found. Or contacting the Coos County Historical Society might generate some leads.

      • Thanks Rick – Appreciate the assistance! I’ll check with the Coos County Historical Society on my next visit.

        Regards,
        Brian

  5. You missed Kansas City just north of Forest Grove on the way to Clapshaw Hill, Snooseville Corners North of Mountaindale Cochran Outside Timber,and Cherry Grove not a ghost town but a zombie town.

  6. I am writing a book abut Grandview, it’s the story of Hope Nance, who was born there in 1917. I have been interviewing her for over a year now, and hope to have the book done and out in late 1916. I have a sample chapter on the internet at http://www.photographicimage.com/FindingHope.html. It will basically cover the history of the town of Grandview from the mid-teens of the 20th century to the early 1930’s when it began to decline. comments welcome.

    • Generally, a town is considered a ghost town when the population reaches 1/10th of what it was at it’s population height.

  7. Perrydale has a school, one of the best in Polk Co. There was a mechanic shop there also. And I went to the first grade in Westfir, OR. Edward J. Hines Lmbr. Co. was there then. Maybe it went the way of Valsetz?

  8. My boyfriend and i are trying to plan a trip allover oregon to check out old overgrown abandoned houses and property, things deep in oregon the hidden stuff. I’m however having a extremely hard time finding all these locations i would appreciate any sort of help to get either a general area or addresses anything too help us find these long forgotten homes or old cars we want rusty creepy broke down and beautiful thanks for reading and i can be reached by email [email protected]
    My name is shay enjoy your day.