Will the last person to leave please turn out the light? Inside the life of residents in near-abandoned timber town which is now for sale for $3.5million

Mail Online | 4/21/2017 | Joe Sheppard For Mailonline
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For decades the demise of Tiller, Oregon, has seemed inevitable.

It was once a bustling timber town but has been left almost completely abandoned following the death of the industry.

Buildings - Services - Community - Store - School

Slowly, the buildings offering vital services to the community - including the general store and the elementary school - began to shut down. A sign on the decaying market reads: 'Last one out of Tiller turn out the light.'

But now the town has been given new hope after being put on the market for $3.5million - attracting several potential buyers.

Price - Houses - Store - Gas - Station

The price includes six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station and land under the post office. Tiller Elementary School, a six-classroom building that closed in 2014, is for sale separately for $350,000.

'Between the dying economy and the dying owners, Tiller became a new opportunity that had never been available before,' said Richard Caswell, executor of the estate. 'I started getting inquiries from all over the world, essentially, 'What was it? And what could you do with it?' It's the buyer and their imagination that's going to determine what Tiller can become.'

Town - Turn - Century - Umpqua - National

The town sprang up after the turn of the last century deep in what is now the Umpqua National Forest, about 230 miles south of Portland.

The post office opened in 1902, and miners, loggers, ranchers and farmers flocked to the community along a pristine river.

Decades - Forest - Encircle - Tiller - Standstill

Then, nearly three decades ago, logging on the federal forest lands that encircle Tiller came to a near standstill because of environmental regulations.

The timber mill closed, and families moved away. One longtime resident then began buying up properties. When he died three years ago, the family owned much of the town.

Tiller - Elementary - School - Sale - Market

Then the Tiller Elementary School closed and was up for sale, as well as a small market, and the man's estate bought those too...
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