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Oregon Ghost Factory (VIDEO)

This refugee of the Highway Beautification Act has sat deserted, shutters banging in the wind... for decades.

Welcome to Lime, Oregon
Photo By: Tim King

(BAKER) - A huge abandoned factory on the north side of Highway 84 just inside the Oregon border from Idaho, sits dormant. It is completely void of human life, and clues in piles of paperwork left behind indicate that it may have been sitting like this since the early 1960's.

I am a curious person, and I also have spent time visiting places in this world that aren't necessarily the safest; ghost towns, ruins, battlefields, crime scenes, etc. This video is not posted to encourage trespassing or urban exploration, instead it is a way to show you from the safety of your computer, what a wasteland can really look like if allowed to sit long enough with nobody disturbing it.

I am not implying that no people have been to this place since the factory people left it behind, it is completely wide-open and anyone could go in and check it out. Graffiti from different eras is painted on the walls, and there is plenty of what appears to be, plain old vandalism.

It also seemed like something more ominous may have befallen the place. Huge pieces of metal appeared torn and twisted, and they looked like they had been exposed to heat.

Other parts of it looked like a fire had definetely ripped through, charred debris mixed with every other kind to create a strange, very Twilight Zone atmosphere.

I was shocked that the old cement factory's paperwork is strewn across the floor, piles of it. One document that I looked at was dated 1962. That is a long time for something to sit empty, speaking volumes about the more remote qualities of Eastern Oregon.

The video that originally accompanied this story is set to rock and roll music, created by Sean King. I hope people who know about this will check back to see if we are able to replace the missing video; we are working on it.


Internal Comments are Closed on this story.

JWJ November 15, 2008 8:43 am (Pacific time)

I was there in the summer of 07 shooting a short film based on the demise of the human race. Lime was a perfect post apocalyptic setting. I was nervous though as I was by my self. I'm surprised that I got away parking right on the road in plain site of any fuzz. I shot the scene and got the hell outta there. The film is on you tube and is called No Mans Land Rise To The Surface.

Tim King to JWJ:  I am going to check out that video, thanks for letting us know!

Editor June 26, 2006 10:13 pm (Pacific time)

Ralph, Sounds like a hoot. I had people pulling up as I left, they didn't get a chance though as my sports car was already leaving tracks. Needless to say, they didn't look happy. Maybe if Baker County made people clean up their environmental wastelands, they wouldn't have to have to guard the place and hassle people. At the same time, I know it is a dangerous place, and that is what the OSP would say. Everyone has their position on things. Thanks for the comment!

Ralph June 26, 2006 9:49 pm (Pacific time)

I was there last november. Some patrol truck spotted me and after a half an hour there was a state trooper there threatening to throw me in jail. I got 3 rolls of film at least.

Steve Lacey April 13, 2006 6:21 pm (Pacific time)

Too much fun man, Great Tracks, Sean!

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