Ghost Towns of Central Oregon – Part 5 – Lonerock

Welcome to Lonerock

The small town of Lonerock was founded in 1881 to provide much needed supplies and services for all of the local ranches. After much deliberation, I’m sure, the town was named for the lone rock that still sits next to the Methodist Church.

A rock. Alone. A lone rock if you prefer.

Although we didn’t see any active businesses in Lonerock, people do still live there. Also, the Gilliam County website states that the church is still used for weddings and special occasions.

A lone church

Lonerock is located in the southeast corner of Gilliam County. Surrounded by grassland there are only three ways in or out of town, but only one of them is paved.

As I was saying, there are only two ways in and out of Lonerock, but only one of them is paved.
Rolling hills of grasslands
A lone cabin nearby

During its prime the town had a sawmill, post office, jail, church, and a school.

A lone school house
A lone community building
A lone gas pump
A lone jail

Once the sawmill in Lonerock closed down, people started moving away to larger cities, like The Dalles, to find work. Over the next next 70 years the population dwindled down to only 11 residents by 1990.

However, according to the last census the population had increased to 21, which shows that residents in small towns in the middle of nowhere are quite capable of entertaining themselves.

A lone cow doing a lone moo

A Post Seven Months in the Making

A Post Seven Months in the Making

Back in October of last year, we stopped for a visit in Prineville on our way out of Oregon to go to Arches National Park. While we were here, my Dad told me that the geographic center of Oregon was just 25 miles away and we should go see it. Our search for the center of Oregon, a small town named Post, began – and failed. But we found a bush in the middle of nowhere – you can read all about that here.

Since we both refuse to stop any of our bad habits, we don’t consider ourselves quitters. This time in Prineville we were determined to find Post.

It turns out that finding a place you have never been to is much easier when you know how to use your navigation equipment. And if you actually listen to your Dad when he gives you directions.

We have traveled for seven months, and over 13,000 miles through Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, back to California, and back to Oregon again to finally make it to the geographic center of Oregon. And for a moment in time – Oregon revolved around me!

That’s not how being at the geographic center of things works, but I like things to revolve around me.

The town of Post was named for Walter H. Post, the first postmaster of the Post post office, established in 1889. As of 2014, Post’s population is 43 people.

The Post General Store.

An old newspaper explaining that the Post General Store also acts as the Post Post Office, The Post Tavern, The Post Community Center, and the Post Service Center.

A Posted Elk in the Post General Store

Do you love this Post? I love this Post.