48826 E St, Shaniko, OR, 97057
$50,000 Sold on July 9, 2021 for $50,000
c.1900 Fixer Upper in Oregon Historical Ghost Town $50K
This home is located in Shaniko, a ghost town in northern Oregon. The town sits on a high plateau at an elevation of 3,343 feet with thin soil and sparse vegetation consisting mainly of of sagebrush, bunchgrass, and a few junipers.
Shaniko’s heyday was in the 1910s, when it served as a railroad hub spurred. At the time, Shaniko was known as the “Wool Capital of the World”, as well as the center of wheat, cattle and sheep production, making it the fifth largest city in Wasco County with $5 million in wool sales in 1905.
As with many cities we have seen, once the railroad reroutes, the city dries up. That happened over a period starting in 1911, so that by 1982 Shaniko was a virtual ghost town.
Today, Shaniko attracts ghost town tourists, but a wastewater problem prevents any real tourism efforts from forming.