A Wintertime Visit to a Ghost Town

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Central Oregon

Friend, Oregon lies east of Mt. Hood where the lower slopes of the Cascade Mountains transition to wheat fields.

At one time it was large enough to support a one-room school which still stands. As you can likely guess, it used to be a “railroad town”.

Now Friend is essentially a ghost town. But, the area remains a truly pleasant place to visit on a sunny mid-winter day.

Driving to the east afterwards, I stopped at Shearer Falls on the Deschutes River north of Maupin.

Tribal members dip-net for salmon at times here. Truly amazing.

Still standing one room schoolhouse at Friend, Oregon

The Friend Schoolhouse predates indoor plumbing

Mt. Hood west of Friend

Mt. Jefferson and Olallie Butte from Dufur Heights

Tribal dip-net platform at Shearer Falls

Mt. Adams peaking over the horizon


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