Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2016 Edition

Fall Ghost Town visit to
Antelope, Oregon
November 6, 2016

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I was out to Antelope, Oregon in 2014, 2016 and 2016.

I was out to Shaniko, Oregon in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2014, 2014, 2016 and 2016.

These images were taken with my Nikon D810 and nifty fifty lens.

GETTING THERE: I-84 to The Dalles. SR 197 to Maupin (there's one gas station here).
Bakeoven Road to Shaniko. SR 218 South to Antelope. Back up 218 to Shaniko.
SR 97 to Biggs Junction.

Antelope, Oregon is most famous for the attempted take over by the Rajneeshpuram
in the 1980s. The Big Muddy Ranch which served as their headquarters outside of town
still remains but has been taken over by another, less radical religious group. The
rest of the town has reverted back to it's sleepy ghost town status since then.

Only a few items remain of those times. Most of the town now consists of houses,
mobile homes and a couple of older buildings.

The original townsite of Antelope was originally established in 1863 as a stagecoach
stop by Howard Maupin. This location is just north east of the Antelope Cemetery.
The main town was moved South East about half a mile in 1881. This placed it on the
newly established Dalles to Canyon City Wagon Road. The remains of this road is now
highway 218 that runs through the middle of town as Main Street.

The town burned down in the Winter of 1894. Only two buildings remain from this era.
On the north side of town, the first building seen is the Antelope School. It no
longer serves as a school, but still does duty as a community center. The Rajnessh
apparently used the building as a barracks to house homeless people from California
that they brought in to stack the town council in order to pass legislation, rules,
ordinances and so on that they favored. The Oregon Secretary of State nullified the
homeless people's voting rights which helped to accellerate the decline of the cult..

What a steal at $100k, marked down from $119k!

This place has been vacant for nearly 30 years. I ate here in ~ 1988 and it
closed not long after that.... nothing to do with my eating there I presume...
Seems to me it was listed in the $140k neighborhood a few years ago. $50k is
probably a lot closer to what it's worth.

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