The Oregon Vortex

The House of Mystery

House of Mystery


Is the Oregon Vortex real or an illusion? Lots of experts argue about this but whatever their conclusion, it is a fun place to visit.

When I was a child we lived in nearby Jacksonville, Oregon and about twice a year on a beautiful day we went on a Sunday drive to Grants Pass.

I knew where The House of Mystery sign was and I would start begging to "Please, let's stop this time." Finally, one time we did and I loved it. As we were getting back in the car my uncle said, "You could push any shack down a steep hill and get that effect." I kept quiet but I knew he was wrong.

In 1904 the Old Grey Eagle Mining Company built the small wooden building as an assay office. A few years later a mudslide carried the building downhill where it lodged against a tree. In the 1920's John Litster, a Scottish geologist and mining engineer opened the area as "The House of Mystery."

Cabin at Oregon Vortex


At the house of mystery:

  • People appear to be taller when they stand in one place than they were standing in another place.
  • People appear to lean the wrong way inside the mining shack.
  • A golf ball appears to roll up hill.
  • A broom balances on its bristles without falling over.
  • Birds and wild animals shun the area.
The Broom Trick


The Oregon Vortex claim that Indians would not enter the area because it was "Forbidden Ground." I would have to find indians from the local tribes to ask them about it before I could believe this.

Well, whatever, the House of Mystery is a pleasant stop if you've been traveling too long and it is interesting in its own way. Your kids will love it.

Here is a video about it.

The Oregon Vortex is on Highway 234 just north of Gold Hill, Oregon. If you are traveling south on I-5, take Exit 43. If you are traveling north on I-5 towards Grants Pass, take Exit 40.

Open Everyday - Seven Days a Week:
March 1st through October 31st

March, April, May, September, October - Open 9:00 AM PST to 4:00 PM PST
June, July, August - Open 9:00 AM PST to 5:00 PM PST

5 and Under Free
6 - 11 $7.00
12 - 61 $9.50
62 and Above $8.50

Oregon Vortex