The small town of Bates Oregon is a place that will always live in the hearts of many people. Not only those that lived there but also the people from surrounding communities who knew of and visited it frequently. Even though Bates is gone today, it lives on in the hearts and souls of many, myself included.
The population of Bates grew to as many as 400 until 1975 when the area was logged out. The population slowly decreased until everyone was gone. The buildings were either dismantled or moved into Prairie City or surrounding communities. We ended up with the Bates school bus barn that we moved to our property on Dixie mountain and made the barn into a shop in the late 1970s. I can remember our school bus pulling off to the side of the road on multiple occasions to let the buildings go by on their way to Prairie City. In later years some were used as classrooms for the PC high school. This blog contains photos from Bates and the surrounding communities that others have provided and I have collected over the years. I do not own them however, I cherish them and love to see the smiles they bring to the faces of the folks that look at them. I am one of those people!
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