Life in Shaniko

Ghost towns are possibly some of the most interesting places to find oneself, alone with the past, pondering what was and why things slipped away and what uncertain future awaits them. Kind of reminds one of how life can be viewed. Maybe I think that because I live in Shaniko   -DH

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Wool Gathering

September 10-11th 2016

Wool Gathering Collage 2012.fw


This event is an invitation to spinners, weavers and fiber animal folks that want to gather and visit with each other and visitors that come to Shaniko. A special place and a special retreat time. Call the Shaniko Preservation Guild event line 541-489-3434 for questions. Call the City of Shaniko 541-489-3226 if you want to vend. Please promote this to any who are interested. If you are interested in organizing the event please contact us as well.


Established in 1900, Shaniko, Oregon was a railroad terminus that earned the title of the largest inland wool shipping center in the world by 1903.  With wool sales in the millions of dollars and increased shipping volumes, Shaniko was referred to as the "Wool Capital of the World". Richard Roland Hinton, who had come to the nearby Bakeoven Area several decades earlier, developed a breed of sheep called the "Columbia".  His famous Imperial Stock Ranch and descendants of his breed still exist today. Shaniko had two large warehouses, one of which still stands. How do we say a quarter of one still stands?

 Shaniko Stockyards c1910

Shaniko Stockyards c.1910


In celebration of this great heritage, Shaniko has embraced the opportunity to provide a rendezvous/marketplace for wool growers and fiber artists. This year will include but is not limited to: Fiber Artists & Vendors, Quilt displays, Stitching Crafts, and Demonstrations, Pioneer Camp, Shaniko Murals, Museums & Historic Buildings.


While there is free RV parking and camping on streets of town camping in the town itself, you can make your way to Maupin (twenty eight miles away) to spend the night along one of the top recreational retreats next to the Deschutes River. If you are more accustomed to modern comfort, you may find it at one of the premium hotels in the city of Madras.


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Shaniko Depot and Warehouse           Wool Bags Stacked Inside                    Loading Decks

stockyard WG page collage