The Images and Stories
In September of 1993 and 1995, I visited the
backroads of central and eastern Oregon. On detailed maps, you will see small winding
roads that criss-cross the plains, forests and valleys that make this such a diverse area
of North America.
The pioneers that arrived in this area in the late
1800's were largely in search of gold and timber. The towns that sprung up almost
overnight sometimes disappeared just as quickly. Others are lying in ruins. Some of the
towns mentioned in the stories are still alive and strong.
My objective was to document these towns before they
vanished or lost their character. During my second trip in 1995, there was already a
noticeable decline in some of the towns compared to only two years earlier.
Each listing for the towns has a summary and one or
several thumbnail images. Click on any of the thumbnails (small images) to see a full
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