Welcome to Rust, Rot, & Ruin: Stories of Oregon Ghost Towns — an exhibit that combines descriptions, accounts, photographs, and artifacts to explore these fascinating places. The exhibit examines why and how towns grew and what forces contributed to their decline. It also takes a closer look at selected ghost towns that illustrate larger trends.
— Look at why mining created so many ghost towns
— Explore the history of company towns and steam donkeys
— Learn about farming, ranching, and range wars
— Check out the roles of tourism and the military
— Discover related resources and see who created this exhibit
Use the > link at the bottom of each page to move through the exhibit in sequence. Or, use the sidebar to find tables of contents for each section.