Oregon

Apple operates a data center in the remote Oregon town of Prineville, near a much larger and less secretive data center built by Facebook.

A 1,288-acre chemical waste disposal site with a capacity of 2,180,000 cubic yards, operated by Chem-Security Systems, a subsidiary of waste giant WMX Technologies. One of less than 30 commercial chemical waste sites in the country.

A 47,000-acre live bombing range, with stationary and mobile targets. Used by the Navy, flying out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, 345 miles away, north of Seattle. Undergoing remediation.

Bonneville was the first of eight federal lock and dam structures built on the Columbia and Snake rivers, which are now the largest source of electricity on the continent. Construction began as part of the New Deal in 1933, and now energy production at this...

The second dedicated data center built by Facebook outside of the Silicon Valley is located in the remote town of Prineville, Oregon. One of the assets in the region, besides inexpensive land, is proximity to Columbia River Dam energy, and proximity to the...

Google built its first dedicated data center outside Silicon Valley in the Dalles, Oregon, in 2006. It cost around $600 million. There are now three buildings on the site. It is located across the street from the site of a former aluminum plant. The aluminum...

A federal dam on the Columbia River, the John Day Dam produces enough electricity (more than 2 million kilowatts) to power all of Seattle. The dam and lock system were completed in 1968, and soon attracted the Harvey Aluminum Corporation (now Goldendale...

Radioactive tailings from a uranium mill have been consolidated inside an engineered disposal cell, seven miles north of the mill and the town of Lakeview. The mill was built in 1958 and operated until the 1970s, when a lumber operation took over the site....

This is the largest of Lamb Weston’s half dozen potato plants in the Columbia River Basin, which collectively transform 11 billion potatoes each year into French fries and other frozen potato products for restaurants, retailers, and foodservice companies. In...

A museum and gallery made over 20 years by a retired surveyor named Howard Taylor. Religious themes are explored through the medium of natural stone and rocks collected, arranged, and painted by Taylor.

Located on the Idaho border, this is the primary production facility for Ore-Ida potato-based frozen foods, a division of the H. J. Heinz Company. Ore-Ida is best known for its Tater-Tots, a potato format the company invented in 1953 to use scraps left over...

A mystery spot-type of magnetic area, one of the biggest in the country, with the "original" House of Mystery slanted shack. Physicist John Litster reportedly performed more than 14,000 experiments, finally determining that a whirlpool of invisible energy was...

The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is on the southern Oregon coast, a landscape similar to the Scottish coast, where the sport originated. The first course opened in 1999, but it was the second course, Pacific Dunes, designed by Tom Doak, which opened two years...

Called a "New Age ghost town", Rajneeshpuram is an abandoned north-central Oregon town, vacated when the followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh left, after his 1985 deportation back to India. In about ten years at the location, the 6,000 residents of the town...

River Point Farms is one of America’s largest growers, packers, shippers and processors of onions, with an annual production of just under 500 million pounds. Their domestic onions are harvested from the Columbia River basin between June and September, dried...

Tillamook is a nationally distributed cheese brand, based in a small western Oregon town. The factory is a tourist attraction as well.

Two of eight remaining dirigible hangars built by the Navy during WWII still stand at this site. The massive wooden structures are 1,040 feet long, 150 feet high and 296 feet wide. Now houses the Tillamook Air Museum.

The only nuclear power plant in Oregon shut down twenty years early, after a cracked steam tube released radioactive gas into the plant in 1992. It cost $450 million to build the plant, and it is expected to cost the same amount, at least, to make it go away...

A 19,700 acre weapons depot in northeastern Oregon. Conventional weapons are stored here, in numerous earthen "igloos", and disposed of in burn pits and bomb diassembly sites. Also, more than 12% of the nation's chemical weapons are stored here.

Willamette Falls is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, and is heavily altered and industrialized. The community of Oregon City was established at the falls in 1842, when the falls were the limit for traffic coming up the Willamette River from the...

The Willamette Meridian was established in 1851, and extends from the Canadian border to the northern state line of California. A early regional surveying baseline runs east/west through northern Oregon from the Pacific Ocean to the Idaho state line, and was...