Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2015 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Ashwood, Oregon

TBA xx, 2015

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Ashwood is a ghost town in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States, 32
miles (51 km) northeast of Madras.

Ashwood was named for its proximity to Ash Butte, a butte with volcanic ash
deposits on its sides, and to honor Whitfield T. Wood, who settled in the
area in the 1870s. Ashwood post office was established in 1898.

The Ashwood area was first used by the Native American Sahaptin and Northern
Paiute people. After the Sahaptin were forced to move to the Warm Springs
Indian Reservation in the 1850s, and the Northern Paiute were defeated in
the 1870s, settlers moved into the area to raise cattle and sheep. Sheep
ranching became an important local industry by 1900 because of the availability
of the railroad in nearby Shaniko that facilitated the shipping of wool.
Ashwood became a gold- and silver-mining boomtown in the 1910s. The Oregon
King Mine was an important mine that was established during the early boom
period. The minerals soon began to play out, however, and local residents
turned back to ranching and agriculture as the mainstays of their economy.

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