For $258,500, or the maximum bid, you can personal a two-story constructing stuffed with tall tales, quite a few advised in the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country,” about the Rajneeshees commune that took over the little Wasco County city of Antelope for a transient, tumultuous time.
The 1898 wood construction for sale was originally a corridor for the United Workmen fraternal business.
In the 1980s, copies of the Rajneesh Moments were being printed below with news of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh alongside with warnings to his 1000’s of followers by the guru’s highly effective particular secretary, Ma Anand Sheela.
“Please be very careful, continue being with each other really do not make it possible for negativity to spring anywhere, amongst us primarily. Mainly because it is our unity that is heading to maintain us with each other and powerful,” instructed Sheela in an issue of the Rajneesh Moments.
The bold commune in North Central Oregon collapsed in 1985, wrote Douglas Perry of The Oregonian/OregonLive, amid murder plots, a poisoning assault, political intimidation and unlawful wiretaps.
Afterward, Antelope, fleetingly renamed Rajneesh, reverted again to acquiring about 50 people.
Now, the print shop is a museum with living quarters and the full .66-acre property at 45380 Major St. in Antelope is on the auction block.
Sealed bids are owing Dec. 8 to John C. Rosenthal of Realty Marketing/Northwest auctions, who phone calls this “one of the extra unconventional distant properties for sale in Oregon.”
A new owner could use the creating as a dwell-work space that, although isolated, has access to fiber-optic net relationship and is 300 actions from the Antelope Put up Business.
Antelope’s Primary Street is on the winding Shaniko-Fossil Highway (Oregon Route 218), which begins at the ghost town of Shaniko at U.S. Route 97 and crosses the John Working day River just before ending at Fossil, the major town on the route, with a population of about 425.
Listing agent John Gill of Land and Wildlife in Bend reported the making with 3,000 sq. toes of place is “rich in history” and the property’s three contiguous heaps produce “endless” prospects.
The land’s professional zoning may make it possible for for rentable RV spaces for travelers alongside Freeway 218, which is section of the 286-mile Journey By way of Time Scenic Byway.
An RV on the house generates $350 a month in lease. Annual authentic estate taxes are much less than $400, stated Rosenthal.
The auction’s reserve selling price of $258,500 is $90,500 much less than the final inquiring price of $349,000.
The hard cash sale features most furnishings and a selection of textbooks, indications, shots, apparel and newspaper clippings from the Rajneeshpuram days, Rosenthal additional.
The museum lent memorabilia reflecting the region’s past to the Higher Desert Museum in Bend for the show “Imagine the Environment,” which opens in January. The Antelope property’s new proprietor will get the goods as component of the offer soon after the exhibit closes in October 2022.
The creating for sale was created on a stone foundation by the Historical Order of United Workmen (A.O.U.W.), the world’s to start with fraternal business that presented lifetime insurance policies to laborers. Oregon’s other A.O.U.W. setting up in Portland was demolished in 2017.
For many years, ranching, mining and railroad workers dwelling around Antelope entered the double entry doorways to socialize and acquire help when wanted.
Setting up in 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers moved to Antelope and claimed some of their functions in their newspaper.
In excess of time, they remodeled the undeveloped Huge Muddy Ranch about the John Day River into a self-contained compound with residences, meeting halls, discos, clinical clinics, a crematorium, bakery, airport and dam surrounded by a large, painted-grass symbol of doves.
Users wore clothes in shades of purple, purple and pink, which created them search like a color-coordinated cult, wrote Kristi Turnquist of The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Rajneeshees would line up for a “daily push-by” to wave at the guru as he gradually motored by them in one particular of his 74 Rolls-Royces.
The compound was abandoned in 1985 as authorities sought to backlink commune leaders and users with meals poisonings, murder plots, immigration fraud and other crimes.
The Bhagwan was deported and returned to India. Sheela and some others ended up convicted on many costs and served prison sentences.
Huge Muddy Ranch was sold and is now operated as the Washington Family members Ranch camp by Young Life.
By 2000, most of what had been created in the Rajneeshpuram settlement was decaying or experienced disappeared.
The current operator of the creating, which is in city and not section of the settlement, ordered the composition in 1995, then restored it and additional a kitchen area and bathroom.
After the 2018 Emmy Award-winning documentary “Wild Wild Country” was launched, the developing grew to become the Wild Wild Nation Museum, displaying artifacts left by Bhagwan followers.
For far more of the heritage, examine The Oregonian’s first 20-element investigative sequence on Rajneeshees.
— Janet Eastman with archive reporting
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