The ghost town of Shaniko has a story like all ghost towns. Once a thriving town, almost a city it was a bustling rail road town called the "Wool Capital of the World". It was the center of 20,000 squares miles of wool, wheat and cattle ranching. The market town for much of Eastern Oregon. But a competing rail road took business away starting in 1911 and by the 1930's Shaniko was declining. Rail service ended completely in the 1960's leaving Shaniko as another western ghost town.
The dry desert climate has done an amazing job of preserving the buildings and various pieces of equipment.