Ghost Towns of Central Oregon – Part Three – Antelope

ghost town
noun
a town that was busy in the past but is now empty 
or nearly empty because the activities that kept 
people there have stopped

Antelope

Antelope Public School

The Antelope Post Office was built in 1871, and the tiny community of Antelope became the tiny town of Antelope. The town’s population peaked at 249 in 1900, after the Columbia Southern Railway completed a rail line between the Columbia River to just north of Antelope in the town of Shaniko. The State of Oregon incorporated Antelope in 1901 and the population has had a pretty steady decline since then. The 2010 census put the population at 46.

One of the older buildings in Antelope. I am sure these walls have secrets.
City of Antelope Fire Department
An old hose house for the fire department.
Hose Cart No. 2

Antelope found it’s fame in 1981 when the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh purchased the Old Muddy Ranch land just 18 miles southeast of Antelope. It quickly became clear to the residents of Antelope that the Rajneeshees were not just there for some small town farming. The Rajneeshees turned the Old Muddy Ranch into their own city, named Rajneeshpuram.

Lead by Bhagwan and Ma Anand Sheela, the Rajneesh flexed their newfound local power and took over the city council of Antelope – and even went so far as to rename the town Rajneesh. After nefarious actions by some of the citizens of Rajneeshpuram were discovered and investigations began, the town formally known as Antelope began to dwindle. In 1985 the remaining citizens of Rajneesh (including some Rajneeshees) voted 36-0 to restore Antelope’s original name.

The Antelope Garage
School’s Out.
Yes, this is pretty creepy in person too.
An original building from the community of Antelope

The citizens of Antelope commemorated their resistance to the cult of Rajneesh by installing a plaque next to the Antelope post office.

Dedicated to those of this community who throughout the Rajneesh invasion and occupation of 1981-1985 remained, resisted, and remembered…”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Want to know more about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his cult followers?

The office building in Rajneeshpuram, now known as The Washington Family Ranch/Young Life Camp.

UP NEXT Ghost Towns of North Central Oregon – Rajneeshpuram!

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.