The Ultimate Terrifying Northern Oregon Road Trip Is Right Here – And You’ll Want To Do It
Oregon is one wild place. From creepy underground tunnels to hotels with guests of the paranormal variety, Oregon is full of haunted locales and places. If you love the thrill of seeking out spooky experiences, then this haunted road trip in Oregon is for you. The entire trip takes nearly 13 hours of driving and spans from Battery Russel at the northwest tip of Oregon to the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City — and back around to Shaniko in central Oregon. With haunted hotels spaced out along the way, it’s perfect for a long weekend adventure!
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Are there many ghost towns in Oregon?
With its deep pioneer roots and history with the Gold Rush and Western expansion (and of course, the eponymous Oregon Trail), there are quite a few ghost towns hiding in Oregon. Shaniko is one of the most intriguing. Once known as the Wool Capital of the World, Shaniko was established in 1901 as a manufacturing hub and business boomed; at their peak, the town's wool producers collectively raked in $3 million a year. Shaniko's population grew in step with its industries, hitting 500 by 1910. But just a decade later, nearly all of these ambitious souls would be gone. The year of 1911 was a devastating one for Shaniko; in the span of these 12 months, the mayor was shot and killed, and the Columbia Southern Railroad Line relocated, taking the town’s thriving economy with it. Today, Shaniko is a place full of old relics; here you'll find the weathered structures of a historic hotel, a jail, and a schoolhouse.
What are some creepy places in Oregon?
One of the Pacific Northwest's most infamous abandoned places, the Wreck of the Peter Iredale looms on the Oregon Coast. You'll find this ghost ship at Fort Stevens, a once-active (and now abandoned) military base that's now part of the 4,200-acre Fort Stevens State Park. While the base is intriguing on its own, the star here is the abandoned ship located just off the fort's southern shores. Known as the Peter Iredale Shipwreck, this is one of the most haunting places in Oregon. In its heyday, the Peter Iredale was a four-masted, steel barque sailing vessel that was quite commanding; it was part of a well-known shipping fleet. But on Oct. 25, 1906, the ship encountered thick fog and unrelenting tides en route to the Columbia River, and the crew had to bail out, leaving this beautiful vessel to become yet another member of the Graveyard of the Pacific. Today, visitors can admire this hauntingly beautiful ghost ship from afar -- and brave souls can even go camping near it, too!
What are some ghost stories about Oregon?
In the woods just outside of Portland, you'll find a real-life witch's castle. It's a place that's long been the subject of lore and legend, rumor and speculation -- but we aren't going to spoil the story! You'll just have to read about it for yourself.