Monday, July 7, 2008

Road Trip through Central Oregon

We hit the road on Saturday (7/5) for a long-planned run through Central Oregon to Shaniko, OR. Shaniko is a semi-ghost town in Sherman, County, whose claim to fame was as the wool shipping capital of the world in the late 1800's. Driving out through the Columbia River Gorge and then east of The Dalles, we also visited Wasco, Moro and Grass Valley en route.

Between Wasco and Moro we took a detour off Hwy 97 to capture footage of a wind farm. At least 100 turbines stood silently in the wheat fields like an outdoor modern sculpture gallery spinning in the breeze.

(Wind Farm by Tina, Pfeiffer Photos 2008)

The town of Wasco was incorporated in 1898 and a handful of the original buildings still stand...just perfect for our camera to capture them in their fading glory.

In Moro, the Sherman county seat, main street is the place to find history. We had fun trying to peek into the windows of the abandoned movie theater; it's last run was "Once Upon a Time in America", starring Robert Deniro, in 1984. We visited with the proprietress of an antique store across the street who shared with us that the original screen, seating and projector were still intact inside the theater. She suggested we consider buying the building to refurbish and bring it alive again as a family venue.

Grass Valley is one of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of towns. We found plenty of good photo opportunities here including this wonderful abandoned pioneer chapel and school. We also learned that this is the home of the Easter Bunny, and they have a sign to prove it!

(Home of the Easter Bunny by Tina, Pfeiffer Photos 2008)

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jenscloset said...

Wonderful pictures...looks like a great time!

ABreathOfFrenchAir said...

I love the picture of the train!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

jenscloset: thanks, it was a fun trip. We love ghost towns!

abreath: thanks, I think it's kinda neat, too. :) ~tina

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Ooh...You got some great shots! I love pictures of abandoned things...Life that once was. Such mystery.

I really like the church photos and the one of the gas pumps too. Very interesting!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

lula: Thanks for the comment and compliment! That IS the draw of the abandoned...the mystery and the unknown stories--love it. Your faves are some of mine as well. Thanks for stopping by; we'll check you out soon. :-) ~Tina

High Desert Diva said...

I'd forgotten about Grass Valley!

Looks like you had a fun road trip.

Thanks for popping in to my blog!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

high d/diva: Thank you, too! You are welcome...enjoyed your blog as well! ~Tina

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