The Oregon Vortex

The House of Mystery

House of Mystery

Andy

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

Andy

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

nickandnora

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

Hours:
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

Prices:
Ages-Price
5 and Under Free
6 - 11 $7.00
12 - 61 $9.50
62 and Above $8.50





Oregon Vortex