Grandview Oregon, Ghost Town

Grandview Oregon, Ghost Town

Grandview is yet another town that only remains in name.

Remains of the town were visible up until about 1974, but everything except the cemetery seems to be long gone. But based on it’s location, it’s not hard to imagine why. Twenty miles or more north of Sisters, and about fifteen south west of Madras, the town was perched over the canyons that now contain Lake Billy Chinook. It’s said the name comes from the view, as the Eastern side of the Cascade mountains is easily visible, as are the Three Sisters, Three Fingered Jack, and Broken Top mountains.

Descriptions of the town say that there are still buildings there, but other then newer homes and a resort area, I was not able to find anything.

Grandview Oregon, Ghost Town
“Center” of town

Grandview Oregon, Ghost Town
A Ranch? Private homes?

The area seems quite peaceful. I enjoyed driving through despite the dirt roads, sage brush, juniper trees, and lava rocks. Several miles south as I cut across seemingly endless desert, was a loan horse farm. I can’t imagine anyone really making much of a living out there. The trip into town is long, even with modern vehicles is long. Before the bridges were built over Lake Billy Chinook, and on horse, wagon, or foot it must have been torturous.

3 Responses to “Grandview Oregon, Ghost Town

  • I am writing a book about Grandview, have been doing research thru several sources and interviewing a woman who was born there 98 years ago, still sharp as a tack and has a wealth of information, maps, photographs, lists of residents, etc. I hope to have it published next summer. You can read a sample chapter on my website at

  • my great uncle Bert Akins and my grandfather Fred Akins Sr. both lived in Grandview I think about 1913

  • I’m pretty sure those people that live behind the gate are the one whose ancestors founded it and they hold an event at the cemetery every Memorial Day to remember the town and its people. Also, there is a Cannabis V.S. Cancer event for the solar eclipse in August out there this year.

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