Categories: Outdoors

The Oregon Vortex

The Oregon Vortex: Gold Hill’s spherical field of force

written by Kjersten Hellis

If you seek a mind-bending daytrip, look no further than The Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill. The Oregon Vortex is a roadside attraction that introduces visitors to illusions that seem to bend the rules of physics. Balls and bottles roll uphill, visitors change height depending on where they stand and a lopsided house changes the directions of items inside.

Oregon Vortex opened to the public in 1930 and was owned by geologist John Litster, but the strange history doesn’t begin there. Legends tell how Native Americans in Gold Hill used to avoid this “forbidden area” because their horses spooked when they got too close. Today, the attraction’s owners claim the strange and unbelievable occurrences are the result of paranormal activity in the area. The attraction has even been investigated on the popular SyFy channel show Fact or Faked.

See editor Kevin Max create a private Oregon vortex of his own!

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