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This Place Near Portland Is Being Reclaimed By Mother Nature

Deep in the woods of the Opal Creek Forest lies the remains of a once bustling mining town. In 1859, gold was found in the area, kicking off the subsequent century-long mining operation, but Jawbone Flats has even deeper roots. The area is thought to have been a summer camp for the Santiam Mollala Indians, as well as a well-used trade route for local tribes. Native American artifacts dating back 2000 years have been found throughout the area. Today, the remnants of the area’s more recent mining past remain on display as the forest grows on around them.

Have you checked out this old mining town near Portland?