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“A teeny authentic ghost town in Southern Oregon”
Review of Buncom

Buncom
Ranked #1,797 of 2,147 things to do in Oregon
Oregon Coast
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“A teeny authentic ghost town in Southern Oregon”
Reviewed October 23, 2010

Buncom is the last standing ghost town in Southern Oregon. It is located about 20 miles southwest of Medford, accessible via a good paved road.

Buncom was a gold mining camp in the 1850's, and then was a "real" town for about 50 years. It got its own Post Office in 1896, and was a trade center for farmers and ranchers around the Applegate valley. However, once cars and trucks became more affordable, the much larger city of Medford was easy to reach, and Buncom was passed by. By about 1920, many of the residents had moved away.

The buildings slowly fell into disrepair, but in 1990 what was left of the town was purchased by private individuals and preserved by the Buncom Historical Society.

There are only three buildings that remain, plus some foundations of others. It's a quiet, rural area and is a pleasant place to visit on a sunny afternoon. There wasn't anybody around when we visited, but we walked all around and peeked in the buildings. They are kept locked to keep out unwanted visitors, human or otherwise!

It does not take long to see Buncom, but it makes an interesting side trip away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities on I-5.

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