Really old abandoned Oregon gas station

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  1. McGee

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    Hello everyone. I just found a set of pics on my camera from a trip down to visit the parents a couple years ago. I saw this station on the way there.
    I had to stop and get pics on the way back.
    From what I remember it's just a bit east and north of Biggs Junction. I wanted to post these here in the event that they inspire someone to design a paper model of it either specifically this building, or use it as visual inspiration for your own design.
    If someone wants to tackle it, id love to see it.
    at some point I will tackle it, but it'll be awhile down the road. so.....have at it.

    If anyone is familiar or in the know about what era these kinds of gas pumps come from, I assume that it's an indicator of when this little remote country store/gas station was built. Any ideas?

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  3. McGee

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    Hey Rogerio. It's ironic you mention him. He was actually who I had in mind to take a stab at this when I posted the pic, as he has a very unique art and design style, where he uses what looks like actual photographic textures and elements in a lot of his stuff...at least it has that look.
    I've collected a folder of images that I downloaded from an image base of old derelict abandoned buildings here in Spokane, as well as buildings from My home town of Bend Oregon.
    Bend and all of central oregon, is high desert and an old volcanic bed.
    Central and eastern oregon get increasingly drier and very very old west-y looking with nothing but juniper trees and sage brush and rabbit brush, but then also areas that look like the Ponderosa ranch area from Bonanza.
    The terrain changes quickly..seemingly every 10 miles or so...not kidding.
    The old abandoned homes and even the ones that have been preserved for history, reflect the original settlers building of rock, both lava and river rock, and timber, or lumber.
    They truly look like derelict old west abandoned prairie front stuff.
    I posted some of the pics from buildings around central and eastern Oregon. Some of them arent necessarily turn of the century old, but some are.
    The one with the windmill is based on an actual house there, albeit a really great painting.
    and of course the bottom pic is an old jail carriage.

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  4. DanBKing

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    Nice pics McGee. Thanks for sharing.

    It almost makes me sad to see beautiful structures left to rot like that.
    I would love to buy one and fix it up........ But, not in paper, of course ....LOL
  5. McGee

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    I agree. Dan. I Love photos like that because they carry so many ghosts.. so many echoes of what went before, and we're just left to see the last pages and wonder and imagine about the whole of it.. who lived there, what was life like for them when these were settled and built, what was their daily goings on, who did they love etc etc. Truly fascinating.
    There's a pic I'll add of a house that isn't necessarily TOO old, but it is nearly falling down, but the roof looks like something blew right through it.
    It's on the Warm Springs Reservation down in Oregon.

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  6. McGee

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    The last three pics here with the ghost street and the wagon and the tall building look like older photos, but the structures and the wagon are still there to be sure.
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    McGee

    Fantastic pics, man! I've been a few times to the US, but one of those wasn't the usual Brazilian circuit (Miami-Orlando). I went to Logan, Utah, and also passed by Idaho and Wyoming, on my way to Yellowstone park (if I commited any geographic errors, please forgive me, it was a long time ago).
    I loved the views, and (believe it or not) the redneck radios (they called themselves like that)! I like many styles of music, and American country is one of them.
    Thank you for the photos, they sure "popped up" very good memories.

    Rogério
  8. McGee

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    Hey Rogerio. That sounds like a really great road tour or trip. Wow. Really awesome.
    If you ever get back to the states and end up in Central Oregon, let me know you're there, and I'll give the parents a heads up that a good friend is in town from South America, and you will have a place to stay.
    They live in a part of Bend that looks like you're clear out in the middle of the woods like you're going camping, but only 15 minutes from Town and they live in a log house that dad built when he was younger.
    Not a kit house... he submitted his own plans to an architect for a regular lumber house but then decided to pursue a dream and make it log house.
    They drew up the plans, he rented the log truck and felled the logs, then for many spring and summers, we would have after church parties where we would host a BBQ lunch and a lot of the men from the church would show up and we would sit on the logs and peel them all by hand with old draw knives.
    Next time i go back home, I'll get pics of dad working on the house in the middle of winter.
  9. Rogerio Silva

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    McGee

    That's really something! Thanks for the invitation, but are you sure you want to keep it? Usually when I travel, it's a party of FOUR! :cry: :cry:
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  10. McGee

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    Yes sir. I'm assuming you the lady and kids?
  11. Rogerio Silva

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    Totally!

    Totally right, man!