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From the Publisher's Desk: The true story behind the Antelope fire of 1960-something

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Rick found this road sign on the ground on a trip to Antelope. It’s now yard art in our garden.
I’ve only known Rick for 12 years, so there are still stories he has never gotten around to telling me. Sunday morning over breakfast I was sharing my concerns about security at our printing plant. There was a suspicious brush fire nearby last week and then Saturday night we discovered a gentleman using the hose around back to, in his words, “clean up.”

Rick told me to be sure that there was nothing around that could be used to start a camp fire. “Because,” he said, “you wouldn’t want another Antelope.”

Antelope, Oregon (population 59 in the 2000 census), is located near the town of John Day in the north-central part of the state. Antelope was incorporated in 1871 and bustled with stagecoaches, miners, cattlemen and sheepmen. A fire in 1898 destroyed most of the town, but it was quickly rebuilt. However, the railroad bypassed Antelope and laid its tracks in the nearby new community of Shaniko leaving Antelope to become a ghost town.


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