Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2015 Edition

Visit the Ghost Town of
Paradise, Oregon

October 16, 2015

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Paradise is an unincorporated community in Wallowa County, Oregon, United
States, about three miles east of Oregon Route 3 and about six miles south
of the Oregon-Washington border. It is located on a plateau that overlooks
Joseph Canyon. The closest incorporated cities are Enterprise, Oregon and
Asotin, Washington at 40 and 45 miles away, respectively. Its elevation is
4114 feet (1254 m).

Paradise formerly had a post office that ran from 1889 to 1942. Paradise
was named by Wallowa Valley ranchers Sam Wade, Pres Halley and William
Masterson, who entered the area in October 1878 while looking for winter
range for their cattle. When they returned to the valley, they told the
other settlers of the fine grass available in the "regular paradise" they
found. That November, settlers brought a thousand head of cattle to the new
range, but the winter was severe and many cattle were lost.

Oregon Route 3 formerly passed through Paradise

We finally made it to Paradise....

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