Oregon Vortex & House of Mystery, Gold Hill, Oregon

After a good night's sleep in Rogue River, Oregon, we just couldn't leave the area without visiting a what some may consider a tourist trap....The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery!

There are gold and minerals located in the area of The Oregon Vortex & House of Mystery

This roadside attraction is located just a few miles north of Rogue River in Gold Hill, Oregon.

Signage within the site

Supposedly, when you enter the vortex it can make you feel dizzy and your camera shake.  Coincidence?

Prior to any construction of the area, local legend had it that Native Americans in the area referred to the site as a "forbidden" land, and travelers passing through would often find their horses refusing to go through the area.

Slice of ancient tree on display at the Vortex

Another shaky image?

A gold assay office was built in the area in 1904, which slid from its foundation in the early 1910, coming to rest at an odd angle. Odd angles seem to create an illusion of objects seemingly rolling uphill. The same effect can be seen in The Montana Vortex and house of mystery, Pennsylvania's Laurel Caverns, and at Santa Cruz, California's Mystery Spot. 

Check out the angles inside the House of Mystery.  The ball on the rope is plumb.

Gman outside the House of Mystery.  When he moves to the right does he appear smaller?


Oregon Vortex is also famous for "height change" as the apparent relative height of two people varies, depending on where each stands. Most people believe that this effect is due to a distorted background that induces a forced perspective, as with an Ames room, but this has been ruled out by taking readings with a stick. The Oregon site also appears to exhibit phenomena similar to those perceived by visitors at the mystery spot located outside St. Ignace in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

A few more of our fellow travelers testing out the mystery

The site has been investigated and featured in several television shows such as Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, CW's Supernatural, Sam & Max Hit the Road, The X-Files,Gravity Falls, Ghost Adventures and Mysteries at the Museum.


No matter what the area is, or appears to be, one thing is for certain.....its fun!  We had a great time exploring this mysterious area.  With a reservation waiting for us in Eugene, Oregon, it was time to head north on Highway but first we made a stop a the Golden Historical Site.


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