Oregon Vortex (House of Mystery) – Gold Hill, Oregon

house of mystery.jpgOregon Vortex (House of Mystery)- Gold Hill, Oregon

You think you have everything under control, that you see what you see, feel what you feel and have a pretty good sense of balance.  Wrong.  Just step into the world of visual and perceptual phenomena, a step into the twilight zone! 

The House of Mystery gives you a glimpse of the strange world where the improbable is commonplace. You will experience physical facts that are reversed and what you know to be true isn’t so clear any longer.

You can even capture the experience on film to prove that you really aren’t losing your mind!

The building was originally an assay office and then tool storage building for the Old Grey Eagle Mining Company in 1904.  Although the mining company used it, the Native Americans would not go near the place, they  called it "Forbidden Ground", a place where even their horses would not go.

The Oregon Vortex is a spherical field of force, half above the ground and half below ground.  A cortex is like a whirling mass of water, especially one in which a force of suction operates, kind of like a tornado. 

It is the basic form of our universe. From our galaxy, whose vortex form we see as the countless suns of the Milky Way, throughout the gravitational vortex of our solar system, down to the vortex of an atom, the vortex form recurs throughout our world structure. The Phenomena that gives The Oregon Vortex its name are evident throughout the entire area. Nowhere in the circle do you normally stand erect. Inevitably the visitor assumes a posture that inclines toward magnetic north. The corona of The Vortex, as well as the minor vortices, discovered during the continuous study of The Vortex, are among the unique phenomena to be observed here.

Another person, standing on a level platform recedes from you towards magnetic south which makes them appear taller and so, when they come towards you, towards magnetic north, they appear to become shorter.  You truly have to see this to believe it because it is contrary to the laws of perspective as we know it.

When you visit you are welcome to bring you still camera, sorry, but you can not use a motion video or audio recorders of any kind because of copyright issues.

The road to the vortex is paved so the trip will be easy, even for larger trailer, buses and RV’s since there is a turn around there.

Open Everyday – Seven Days a Week:
March 1st through October 31st

March, April, May, September, October – Open 9:00 AM PST to 4:00 PM PST
June, July, August – Open 9:00 AM PST to 5:00 PM PST

Ages Price
5 and Under Free
6 – 11 $7.00
12 – 61 $9.00
62 and Above $8.00

Visa and Mastercard accepted.
No personal checks.

The Oregon Vortex
4303 Sardine Creek L Fork RD
Gold Hill, OR 97525-9732

Voice: (541) 855-1543
E-Mail: mystery@oregonvortex.com

Coming on I-5 Southbound, from Eugene, Portland, or Washington:

  1. Take Exit 43 off of I-5 and turn left at the end of the offramp.
  2. At the end of the overpass, turn right onto Highway 99.
  3. Follow the road over Rock Point Bridge and continue on Highway 99 to the right.
  4. Turn left onto Sardine Creek Road a quarter mile after the billboard.
  5. Follow Sardine Creek Road for 3 miles and continue left at the fork, following the creek.
  6. Follow Sardine Creek Left Fork Road 1.3 miles to The Oregon Vortex.

Coming on I-5 Northbound, from Ashland, Medford, or California:

  1. Take Exit 40 off of I-5 and turn right at the end of the offramp.
  2. Turn left at Highway 99, towards Gold Hill.
  3. Follow Highway 99 for 2 miles through Gold Hill.
  4. Turn right at the large billboard onto Sardine Creek Road.
  5. Follow Sardine Creek Road for 3 miles and continue left at the fork, following the creek.
  6. Follow Sardine Creek Left Fork Road 1.3 miles to The Oregon Vortex.

Pets and Animals:
Pets and animals are not allowed in the area or on tours. There are two exceptions to this. The first is a trained seeing-eye dog accompanied by a disabled person. Dogs still in training are not allowed. The second exception is a small dog that is nice, does not bite, and does not bark. These small dogs can be taken through if they are carried in a pouch or other carrier the entire time they are in the area. The House of Mystery is a very crooked building and your hands must be free while inside. There is shaded parking for warm days and a nearby creek that pets and animals may get a drink at with supervision. What many people do is have someone in their group wait outside with the pet. This allows the rest of your group to go through without needing to leave your pet in the car on a hot day.

Hours of operation and prices subject to change without notice.


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