Visiting Shaniko is an interesting and enjoyable “step back in time.” It is largely a ghost town, yet activity in the past 10-15 years has opened shops and attractions including a hotel. Still, a visit to Shaniko is still about its history and heyday as “the wool capital of the West” in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

A stroll through town puts a visitor in touch with many old buildings and interesting relics of an “old West” town and a bygone era. Old buildings and relics are preserved mostly by the dry climate, and because they are purposely not torn down. The old buildings and heritage of the area are appreciated, preserved and promoted by the town’s current-day residents.

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