Have you heard the story of the Oregon vortex? The House of Mystery, which sits within the Oregon Vortex, is located in Gold Hill, Oregon. The attraction receives thousands of visitors each year to witness the strange phenomenon for themselves. Within the vortex, several strange occurrences seem to happen. Balls roll uphill. People grow and shrink when walking between poles. Brooms stand on edge. The fantastic tales of the area have been told for decades, but is the Oregon Vortex real or fake? You may need to plan a trip to Southern Oregon to discover the answer for yourself.
What is the Oregon Vortex?
The mysteries of the Oregon Vortex reportedly go back to stories shared by Native Americans who originally inhabited this area near the Sardine Creek in Gold Hill, Oregon. Allegedly, there is a spherical force existing half above the ground and half under the ground that causes all sorts of odd things to happen. When John Lister opened the site as a tourist attraction in 1930, he explained that the cause of the strange phenomena is something he termed “terralines.” However, he felt the explanation was so frightening that he burned all of his notes before his death.
The House of Mystery is the current name of the tourist attraction located within the Oregon Vortex. The primary building at the attraction is the original assay office for a gold mining operation that existed on the site at the turn of the century. The building is crooked, as if one-half of it is sinking deep into the ground–a result of sliding off its foundation during a landslide in 1910. As a result, every surface is askew, making perception challenging and confusing.
Judge the mysteries for yourself.
It’s easy to visit the House of Mystery and conduct your own experiments to evaluate the authenticity of the Oregon Vortex. The House of Mystery is located halfway between Medford and Grants Pass and is easily accessible from the Gold Hill exit off Interstate 5.
Visitors are only allowed to use still cameras within the attraction, but tour guides encourage visitors to take pictures. According to them, the proof of the vortex phenomena is in the pictures. The House of Mystery is open seven days a week and is available for private tours and events.
There’s something for everyone near The Resort at Eagle Point.
The Eagle Point Golf Club at The Resort at Eagle Point is the ultimate golfing getaway for every family. We’re located in the heart of Southern Oregon and centrally located near many popular destinations. Our staff will work with you to coordinate visits to places like the Oregon Shakespeare Theatre, white-water rafting excursions, skiing or hiking at Mt. Ashland, local wineries and breweries, and the House of Mystery. Just let us know what types of activities your family enjoys, and we’ll help plan your itinerary. Call us at 541-879-3700 for more information and to book your reservations today.
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