The Chronicle -

By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

Alas Slabtown, where art thou?


December 6, 2018

Photo provided/Dana Merryday

Slabtown Survivor, Campbell Chrisman's house built circa 1873.

When you think of a ghost town usually it conjures up dusty, bleached out buildings with flapping doors and maybe some tumbleweeds blowing through.

Cottage Grove has a sort of ghost town that looks nothing like that. Our ghost town is on River Road, which runs along the west bank of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Starting at Main Street heading south there is a lovely park that hugs the river. There are walking trails, Prospector's Park with Dr. Snapp's House and, before it was boarded up due to safety concerns, the Swinging Bridge was a popular destination and travel route. Peop...

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