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Spooky Roadside Stops: Oregon Vortex

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Spooky Season has arrived! 

The wind is chilled, the leaves are changing, and through this period of transition, we find a reinvigorated sense of adventure. 

Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to inspire and encourage your new found Fall feelings! Let’s dig into the spirit of the season together, as we take you on a journey to some of the best Spooky Roadside Stops on the West Coast! It’s time to pack up your costumes, consolidate your candy, and hit the open road on a Halloween destination vacation. 

The first stop on our tour of Spooky Roadside Stops is none other than the fabled Oregon Vortex.

"The Oregon Vortex is a glimpse of a strange world where the improbable is the commonplace and everyday physical facts are reversed. It is an area of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena, which can be captured on film. No matter your education or profession you will find a challenge to all your accepted theories."

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A Brief History of the Oregon Vortex

The Oregon Vortex is a spherical field of force, half above and half below the ground. The word “vortex” means a whirlpool of force, like a whirling mass of water. Especially one in which a force of suction operates, such as a whirlpool or a whirling mass of air, or one in the form of a visible column or spiral such as a tornado.

A vortex, essentially a spiral of energy, is the primary form of our universe. From our galaxy, whose vortex form we see as the countless suns of the Milky Way, through the gravitational vortex of our solar system, down to the vortex of an atom, the vortex form recurs throughout our world structure. The Phenomena that give The Oregon Vortex its name are evident throughout the entire area. Nowhere in the circle do you usually stand erect. Inevitably the visitor assumes a posture that inclines toward the magnetic north. The corona of The Vortex and the minor vortices discovered during the continuous study of The Vortex are among the unique phenomena to be observed here.

Oregon Vortex Quick Facts

  1. 1
    Tread Softly
    Before any construction of the area, local legend had it that Native Americans referred to the site as a "forbidden" land, and travelers passing through would often find their horses refusing to go through the area.
  2. 2
    The Mystery House
    A gold assay office was built in the area in 1904 by the Old Grey Eagle Mining Company, which slid from its foundation, coming to rest at an odd angle. In 1914 the outpost and assay house were rediscovered by a prospector named William McCollugh. McCollugh convinced his friend, geologist and engineer John Litster, to come to the US from Scottland. Litster says he researched the paranormal phenomena of the so-called 165-foot magnet radius.
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    The Founder
    John Litster was a geologist, mining engineer, and physicist. He developed the area in the early 1920's and opened it to the public in 1930. He conducted thousands of experiments within the Vortex until his death in 1959. He was born in Alva, Scotland on April 30, 1886, son of a British Foreign Diplomat.
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