October 4, 2022

Rajneesh developing for sale in Antelope, Oregon incorporates relics of Rajneeshpuram manufactured famed in ‘Wild Wild Country’

For $258,500, or the maximum bid, you can have a two-tale building crammed with tall tales, quite a few advised in the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country,” about the Rajneeshees commune that took above the small Wasco County city of Antelope for a brief, tumultuous time.

The 1898 wood structure for sale was initially a corridor for the United Workmen fraternal organization.

In the 1980s, copies of the Rajneesh Times were printed below with news of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh alongside with warnings to his 1000’s of followers by the guru’s potent personalized secretary, Ma Anand Sheela.

“Please be cautious, stay collectively do not make it possible for negativity to spring everywhere, among us specifically. Because it is our unity that is going to maintain us jointly and strong,” instructed Sheela in an problem of the Rajneesh Moments.

The ambitious commune in North Central Oregon collapsed in 1985, wrote Douglas Perry of The Oregonian/OregonLive, amid murder plots, a poisoning assault, political intimidation and illegal wiretaps.

Afterward, Antelope, fleetingly renamed Rajneesh, reverted again to obtaining about 50 residents.

Now, the print shop is a museum with residing quarters and the complete .66-acre house at 45380 Key St. in Antelope is on the auction block.

Sealed bids are owing Dec. 8 to John C. Rosenthal of Realty Promoting/Northwest auctions, who calls this “one of the a lot more strange remote qualities for sale in Oregon.”

A new proprietor could use the constructing as a dwell-function place that, even though isolated, has entry to fiber-optic world-wide-web connection and is 300 actions from the Antelope Write-up Place of work.

Antelope’s Major Street is on the winding Shaniko-Fossil Freeway (Oregon Route 218), which starts at the ghost city of Shaniko at U.S. Route 97 and crosses the John Day River prior to ending at Fossil, the major town on the route, with a inhabitants of about 425.

Listing agent John Gill of Land and Wildlife in Bend said the building with 3,000 square ft of house is “rich in history” and the property’s three contiguous heaps create “endless” opportunities.

The land’s commercial zoning may let for rentable RV areas for vacationers alongside Highway 218, which is element of the 286-mile Journey By means of Time Scenic Byway.

An RV on the house generates $350 a thirty day period in hire. Once-a-year real estate taxes are significantly less than $400, mentioned Rosenthal.

The auction’s reserve cost of $258,500 is $90,500 significantly less than the final asking cost of $349,000.

The income sale contains most furnishings and a assortment of guides, signs, shots, garments and newspaper clippings from the Rajneeshpuram times, Rosenthal added.

The museum lent memorabilia reflecting the region’s previous to the Significant Desert Museum in Bend for the show “Imagine the Earth,” which opens in January. The Antelope property’s new owner will receive the objects as aspect of the deal right after the show closes in Oct 2022.

Ma Anand Sheela is noticed walking along as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh drove just one of his Rolls-Royces earlier disciples at the Oregon commune in a ritual recognised as “the push-by.”LC- The Oregonian

The constructing for sale was built on a stone foundation by the Historical Order of United Workmen (A.O.U.W.), the world’s very first fraternal organization that offered life coverage to laborers. Oregon’s other A.O.U.W. building in Portland was demolished in 2017.

For a long time, ranching, mining and railroad personnel residing around Antelope entered the double entry doors to socialize and acquire assist when desired.

Starting up in 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers moved to Antelope and documented some of their things to do in their newspaper.

Over time, they transformed the undeveloped Significant Muddy Ranch close to the John Day River into a self-contained compound with residences, meeting halls, discos, professional medical clinics, a crematorium, bakery, airport and dam surrounded by a large, painted-grass brand of doves.

Associates wore apparel in shades of pink, purple and pink, which manufactured them appear 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 expert as he bit by bit motored by them in a person of his 74 Rolls-Royces.

The compound was abandoned in 1985 as authorities sought to backlink commune leaders and users with food poisonings, murder plots, immigration fraud and other crimes.

The Bhagwan was deported and returned to India. Sheela and other individuals were convicted on a variety of charges and served jail sentences.

Large Muddy Ranch was bought and is now operated as the Washington Relatives Ranch camp by Youthful Lifetime.

By 2000, most of what experienced been developed in the Rajneeshpuram settlement was decaying or had disappeared.

The current owner of the making, which is in town and not portion of the settlement, acquired the composition in 1995, then restored it and added a kitchen and bathroom.

Following the 2018 Emmy Award-successful documentary “Wild Wild Country” was released, the building turned the Wild Wild Country Museum, exhibiting artifacts still left by Bhagwan followers.

For more of the history, examine The Oregonian’s initial 20-aspect investigative collection on Rajneeshees.

— Janet Eastman with archive reporting

503-294-4072 | [email protected] | @janeteastman

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