Oregon March 05, 2018
9 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Oregon
Oregon may have only been a state since 1859, but our history is rich and often surprising. From gold rush ghost towns to pioneer settlements, there are plenty of places around the Beaver State where you can still experience the charms of old Oregon. Here are 9 historic places that will open your eyes to the beauty of old Oregon:
1. Fort Clatsop
Located on the banks of the Lewis and Clark River near Astoria, Fort Clatsop is an iconic landmark that was once home to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The famous explorers occupied this site from December 7, 1805, until March 23, 1806. Visitors can check out the re-created fort and learn about a fascinating chapter of Oregon's history.
Jacksonville is a small city in Southern Oregon that became famous in the 1800s when gold deposits were found in Jackson Creek, leading to the city being designated a National Historic District. With plenty of quaint shops and restaurants, this charming small town is always worth a visit.
3. Oregon Caves Chateau
Built in 1934, the Oregon Caves Chateau is a longstanding landmark offering rustic charm in a beautiful setting. Walking into the historic building is like traveling straight back in time to old Oregon.
Few places have managed to retain the charm of the Old West like Shaniko. This ghost town dates back to the early 1900's when it was a thriving little community.
5. Kam Wah Chung Company
In 1880, John Day was the third largest Chinatown in the United States. Today, the Kam Wah Chung Company building lives on as a reminder of this fascinating chapter of Oregon's history. This former general store was a community center for Chinese miners in the area.
6. National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretative Center
This interactive museum tells the story of the pioneers who journeyed along the Oregon Trail. While you're here, you can also check out the actual wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail.
This gold rush ghost town in eastern Oregon was once a hub for miners. You'll love strolling along the well-preserved streets or taking a ride aboard the historic Sumpter Valley Railroad.
8. Vista House
Dating back to 1918, this gorgeous structure is located in the most beautiful setting in the Columbia River Gorge. This museum was designed and built to be a monument to Oregon's pioneers.
9. Shanghai Tunnels
The Shanghai Tunnels show a sinister side to old Oregon. Located in Portland, this underground network of tunnels was supposedly used to "shanghai" (capture and send) able-bodied men out to sea.
How many of these places have you visited? Share your favorite historic spots in the comments below!
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