About Ghost Towns

Dilapidated wood plank building on a road side in an open prairie. Storm clouds in the sky.
Storm clouds gather behind an old building in the ghost town of Kent in Sherman County. (Oregon State Archives, 2016) Enlarge Image
In many ways, ghost towns are in the eye of the beholder. They can be difficult to define. And, they can be more of an idea or a feeling than a discrete set of characteristics. That being said, here are some general thoughts on Oregon ghost towns.