25 Abandoned Places in Oregon That Are Downright Awesome

Oregon is home to so much fascinating history, and with that there is so many awesome abandoned places to explore here. Some of these places are slowly being reclaimed by the Earth, and some of them are just downright creepy… But nonetheless, awesome.

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The truth is, a lot of these places are just mysteries we know nothing about. If these walls could talk, what story would they tell?


1. Old grocery store in Mitchell

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Mike Edwards Photography

Mitchell is a city in Wheeler County, Oregon, United States. The population was 130 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1873 and was named after John H. Mitchell, a politician.

The Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is about 9 miles northwest of Mitchell. Mitchell School, a public school with an enrollment of about 70 students, is in Mitchell.

 

2. Old dance hall in Dufur

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Mike Edwards Photography

Mike was told this may have been an old dance hall. While we aren’t 100% on that, this is one of the most incredible photos I’ve seen of an abandoned building. This photo was shot in Dufur, Oregon.

 

3. Orange Crush Cafe in Kent

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Scott Smithson / Flickr

“Along US 97 in Kent, Oregon. It was 103 degrees out and we were traversing the high desert, pretty close to the middle of nowhere. There are several bygone towns along the highway. The heat seemed to add to the lonely feel of spectacular decay. ”

-Scott Smithson

 

4. Ghost ship on the Oregon Coast

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Peter Iredale / Flickr

The “Peter Iredale” was a sailing vessel, four-masted steel barque, of 1,993 tons registered tonnage, official number 97790, and built at Maryport, England, in 1890, and belonging to the port of Liverpool, owners P. Iredale & Porter.

It ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. It was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles (6 km) south of the Columbia River channel.

All that remains is the bow, a few ribs and, a couple of masts. The rudder is sitting in the parking lot at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in nearby Astoria.

 

5. Abandoned Portland mansion

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imgur

 

Here’s an abandoned mansion in Portland. According to the original post at imgur.com, theres a sign on the door suggesting it’s been vacant since 2011. You can find more photos at the link.

6. Fairview Training Center

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Danielle Denham / ThePDXPhotographer

The Fairview Training Center was a state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities in Salem, Oregon, and had a very dark history. Danielle Denham (her Facebook page here), one of the most talented photographers I have ever known, got some amazing photos at Fairview. The unspeakable things that took place at this facility will make the hairs rise on your neck. Read more here, and see more photos.

 

7. Old schoolhouse near Banks

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Danielle Denham / ThePDXphotographer

 

Another amazing photo from Danielle. “One-room Mountaindale Schoolhouse near Banks, Oregon. Someone has dressed it up for the holidays, and I feel fortunate when I find these things. It shows someone still cares about our past.”

-Danielle Denham on Facebook

 

8. Mountaindale store near Banks

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“The old Mountaindale Store near Banks, Oregon. This group of cyclists didn’t mind being in my shot.” 

-Danielle Denham

 

9. Abandoned House in Astoria

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rebrn

I absolutely love this photo of this incredible abandoned home in Astoria.

 

 

10. Abandoned stone building

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Awkward Boy Hero / Flickr

“Near St. John’s Bridge. Did some research and discovered that this building was the old corporate headquarters for GasCo (now Northwest Natural Gas). Would have loved to get closer.”

This old building has since been demolished, in November of 2015.

-Awkward Boy Hero

 

 

11. Chucks’s Gas Station

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Curtis Perry / Flickr

Here’s an old gas station shot in Scotts Mill, Oregon. Curtis Perry captured this sometime around 2006.

12. Another old gas station in Mosier

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Curtis Perry / Flickr

“Old filling station a little west of Mosier, OR on the old highway. Looks like a victim of the Interstate. I don’t know that much about it, really.” -Curtis Perry

 

13. Old Barn with a dramatic sky near Clatskanie, Oregon

Image by Anthony Krueger
Image by Anthony Krueger

Clatskanie has been described as a “Norman Rockwell” picturesque small city nestled in green hills and valleys on the coastal range in northwest Oregon. The population within the city limits is approximately 1,800.

 

14. The Haunted Farmhouse

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Wendell / Flickr

This haunted farmhouse was captured somewhere in Oregon. Location unknown.

 

15. The Witche’s Castle in Portland

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Bob Cronk Photography

 

This Witch’s Castle is in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon. This structure is rumored to be haunted by original Oregon settlers. See more here from Bob Cronk.

16. Schoolhouse in Kinton

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Mike / Flickr

Kinton is a ghost town in Washington County, Oregon, United States. It is located near the northern shore of the Tualatin River, near the intersection of Oregon Route 210 and River Road, a major county arterial that runs northwest towards Hillsboro.

“Unfortunately, the wife and I were unable to walk around the place. It was fenced off on private property, and I’m not looking at breaking the law…yet” -Mike

 

 

17. Old house in Burlingame

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Gary / Flickr

 

“I passed through the tiny berg of Burlingame,Or., on my way home and turned around to get this shot. This is an abandoned old house on a hill next to Hwy. 30….IT has been a longtime restore project for over 10 years, and now it looks like it has had recent fire damage. I don’t know what this old monstrousity was, or its history, but it’s interesting!” -Gary

18. Wreck of the Mary D. Hume

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David Berry / Flickr

At the mouth of the Rogue River, Gold Beach, Oregon. Built here in 1881, returned here for restoration in1978, at which point several things went badly awry, and now she is slowly rotting away beside the US Hwy 101 Patterson Bridge.

 

19. Church in Warm Springs

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drburtoni / flickr

Here is a very old church captured in Warm Springs, Oregon. Incredible!

20. Magical cabin in the Oregon woods

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Thomas Shahan / Flickr

 

 

21. Another creepy old abandoned home

Thomas Shahan / Flickr
Thomas Shahan / Flickr

 

22. Abandoned mine entrance in Opal

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Thomas Shahan / Flickr

 

23. Fort Stevens

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TJflex2 / Flickr

Built during the Civil War, in use until after World War II, a great place to spend a day. Some say this place is haunted!

 

24. Abandoned general store in Hopewell

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Danielle Denham / ThePDXphotographer

 

Hopewell is an unincorporated community in Yamhill County, Oregon. It is located at the eastern terminus of Oregon Route 153, ten miles south of Dayton and a few miles west of Wheatland, at the east base of the Eola Hills.

Hopewell post office was established in 1897, and closed out to Amity in 1903. Hopewell is now served by the Salem post office. The name Hopewell does not appear in the gazetteers of the 1880s.

 

25. Gas Station in Unity

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Jennifer Clark / Flickr

Unity is a city in Baker County, Oregon, United States, located in the Burnt River Valley. The population was 71 at the 2010 census. While the town was never platted, a post office was established in Unity in 1891. A sawmill existed for some time.

 

 

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  • Jeremy Coleman

    The old store in Mitchell used to be my great grandfathers up until he died a few years back the house next door to the store was his house . I spent a lot of time there growing up

  • Jeremy Coleman

    He owns the gas station next to the store not pictured and also the cafe across the street and several houses in town

    • kieferdavis

      Not any more.

  • Jon Kelley

    I feel like you’re missing the abandoned River Queen, which has been sitting near the Goble Landing, rotting away.

  • Nicole McMillen

    I want to find a group willing to go to some of these!

    • user2user11

      Find any group to go take a look at these abandoned places yet [email protected]

  • calypso985

    Number 17 is located in BURLINGTON, Oregon, not Burlingame. I know this spot well.

  • Sussie Due

    The store in Mitchell is NOT abandoned. It’s still in business. The church on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is near Shimnasho. However the Natives don’t like people nosing around their buildings.