Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2015 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of Shedd, Oregon
With stops in Boston, Oregon and
Boston Mills, Oregon

TBA xx, 2015

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Shedd is an unincorporated community in Linn County, Oregon, United
States on Oregon Route 99E.

In 1858, a community and gristmill was established about a mile and a half
east of the present town of Shedd and called Boston, probably because one
of the founders came from Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was platted in 1861
with a New England-style town square. The town became a stagecoach stop,
and Boston Mills post office was established in 1869. Efforts to get the
Oregon and California Railroad, which was being built south from Albany,
to come through Boston Mills were unsuccessful. When the railroad was
instead built through the nearby town of Shedd's Station in 1871, the
post office was moved and the name changed to Shedds, after Captain Frank
Shedd, on whose land the community was started. All of Boston's buildings,
except the mill itself, were also moved west to the railroad. In 1899 the
railroad changed the name of the station to Shedd, but the name of the
post office didn't change until 1915.

East of Shedd at the former site of Boston Mills, on the Calapooia River,
is the National Register of Historic Places-listed Boston Flour Mill
(aka Thompson's Flouring Mill), Oregon's oldest continuously operating
water powered mill, part of Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site. It is
one of the four remaining gristmills in the state, and one of only two
mills still in operation.

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