Earlier this summer, we started on a trip together on a tour of ghost towns in Central Oregon. I took you to Ashwood and on the lonely dirt road between it and the next ghost town, Antelope. Now we arrive at Antelope.
Antelope was incorporated in 1896. It was orignally a stage and freight wagon stop on the Old Dalles to Canyon City Trail. In 1898 it had a population of 170. It had three livery stables, a blacksmith, three mercantile shops, four hotels, a butcher, seven saloons, a church, a drug store, a barber shop, a bowling alley, a funeral parlor, post office, jail, city hall, and a community center called “Tammany Hall.” In its hayday it enjoyed many formal dances, a gaslight, and a boardwalk.
In the summer of 1898 most of the town burned, destroying most of the business district, which was never rebuilt. Then came the sheep wars. What? Yeah, seriously, this region of Oregon had a huge war. Cattle vs. sheep. It’s no wonder the cows here are gangsta. The fire, the death of over 10,000 sheep, shed and hay burning (to mess with the sheep), and the railroad locating north of Antelope in Shaniko all lead to the town’s decline. Another deathblow was dealt in 1917 when Highway 97 was relocated (the main north/south high way in Central Oregon).
In 1981-1985 Antelope was part of the invasion by Rajneesh, a West Coast cult led by a charismatic Indian guru (and started in India). The guru bought tens of thousands of acres of land near the town, the Rancho Rajneesh. Friction soon developed with the locals, then things got worse when the Rajneesh tried to poison the county council with salmonella. A plaque stands in the town to honor all those who resisted evil.
Learn more about Antelope. Here are some of my photos:
More photos of Antelope can be found in my Pix.
And now the Winners of the Joust. Huzzah!
The third annual joust was great fun and a great success. The valiant knights jousted their hearts out. Grog and mead were enjoyed by all.
The daily winners:
Monday – Jo Wake
Tuesday – Rachel
Wednesday – Andrew S.
Thursday – Miranda
Friday – Chris
The winner of the huge VelociRaffle – Tonja Drecker
And the winning knight, winner of a set of paperbacks, a championship badge hand forged by the Husband Unit, a virtual badge, a year of promotion on the sidebar of my site, and bragging rights is….
Huzzah! Huzzah Huzzah!
Mark your 2015 calenders for the 4th annual joust. Same place, same week in November. And let’s have some huzzahs for the previous years’ winners Angela Brown (2012) and Nicki Elson (2013).
And another thank you to the game hosts, sponsors, and participants.
The Attic of Sand and Secrets
by Medeia Sharif
Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014
Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.
Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems – such as her mother’s abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there’s something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that’s normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother’s whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.
The book takes place in 1976. Gas was 59 cents a gallon.
Find Medeia – Multi-published YA and MG Author
And Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble.
I’ll be back the first Wednesday of December.
Ran into these turkeys a few weeks ago.