Heppner, Oregon

Heppner Oregon is the Morrow County seat, and this lovely court house is one of the oldest continuously used court houses in the state. It was built in 1902, finished in 1903 and sits regally on the end of a street on top of a small rise.

The town of Heppner is the Morrow County seat today but served as an important trade town for regional farm products in the early 20th century. In 1903 the town was nearly destroyed by a flash flood which was considered the worst disaster in Oregon at the time. Today the Willow Creek is kept at bay by a dam just outside of time that was completed in 1983.
The downtown is quite small but quaint. Like most small towns in Oregon a tad economically depressed but making attempts at revitalization. We visited during a town wide outdoor market which was really quite fun, tons small local artisans has stalls on the sidewalk and many of the stores were running deals. I bought a couple antique pictures from the local jeweler . And we snagged some really delicious coffee at the local market.
If you find yourself in the area I highly suggest a look around. The people are terribly kind, the shops quite cute and the town itself is really lovely.

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Cecil, Oregon

Cecil Oregon today is no more than a few grain silos, a couple of houses and a store front that hasn’t been operational since the mid 90s. It was up until 1994 a stop on the Heppner branch of the Union Pacific Railroad, but in 1993 the company filed for abandonment and by 1994 all traces of the tracks on the line were gone. As such many of the towns that were serviced by the line are now also abandoned.

The site sits on a narrow stretch of the Willow Creek and before the town was established it was a crossing for the Oregon Trail and an important stagecoach route. The town was established officially in the late 1800s and with a operational post office from 1902 to 1974 as well as a gas station and store (pictured above) serviced the small town of 15 for a number of years.
The store, the only thing we could find still standing of what would have been the original town appeared to occupied by someone who has made it their home. As such we chose not to poke around the area too much for fear of bothering the residents. But the store still stands as cute as ever with its painted facade and wide porch.

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