By Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone
March 2, 2005
I was thirteen years old when the six in our family visited
the Oregon Vortex in July of 1964. Traveling south along Interstate 5 from
Vancouver BC we saw large billboards inviting people to visit the "World
Famous Oregon Vortex". I remember seeing a story on the vortex on a
TV program like "Ripley's Believe It Or Not." I persisted asking
dad and mom to stop at Gold Hill Oregon and see the "World Famous"
We pulled into a gravel parking lot and saw a schedule of
times for guided tours. In luck there was a tour just starting. There were
only a handful of cars in the lot and the tour was included two dozen people.
The guide was a man in his forties wearing a beat up Stetson hat. He looked
like a gold panner.
We walked through the gate and on an elevated boardwalk on
the side of a narrow valley. The trees were mainly second growth fir. It
appeared that the area had been stripped of trees a couple of generations
earlier. We walked towards a strange looking unpainted rustic cabin. Nothing
appeared square on the structure. The guide said something about the builder
being a bit strange. The trees around the cabin were misshaped, twisted
and spooky. Of course this all could have been tourist trap "theater"
as it is easy to make young trees grow in unnatural ways.
Inside the cabin were maps of the magnetic vortex. One looked
like a map used by pilots. The guide said the vortex was about one hundred
yards in diameter with its vertex hundreds of feet under the side of the
hill and extended thousands of feet up. He said there was a theory about
a magnetic meteorite of many tons far underground. The vortex was shaped
like a tornado with distinct "walls". Inside the vortex the magnetic
deviation was strong and outside the vortex the magnetic phenomena soon
abated. Even at thirteen I knew that there was a high degree of strangeness
There were magnetic compasses spread out through the area.
Even compasses a few feet apart were showing "north" as different
directions. The guide said the magnetic forces spiralled inside the vortex.
He led us to the center of the vortex where a wooden platform had been built.
There were a number of different objects on the platform showing the many
experiments which had happened over the years. The most remarkable phenomena
was where the guide took an ordinary broom and stood it unsupported on its
bristles. He said that the broom had lost its ability to "stand"
for months after the 9.1 Richter Good Friday Alaska Earthquake. He added
there are unusual gravitational effects generated by the rotating magnetic
Near the platform was a horizontal wooden plank about twenty
feet long laying across the boardwalk. The guide asked my sister and I to
stand back to back and show that we were the same height. Then he instructed
us to walk the opposite ends of the plank and stand facing each other. He
asked the people in the tour, "Who looks taller?" Then he asked
my sister and I to change ends. Again he asked, "Who looks taller?"
Then he placed us back to back again to show that we were the same height.
When I was near the center of the vortex, I looked shorter, and when my
sister was near the center she looked shorter. The guide said that California
physicists had set up the plank and tested this phenomena and said that
there was either magnetic bending of light or actual compression of matter
towards the center of the vortex. The guide added something about Einstein's
theories and the curvature of space. (Years later I saw that those theories
do not apply to this phenomena.)
The guide said that water dowsers had done some work in the
vortex. Using L-rods they had marked out the extent, strength and direction
of the vortex. There were ribbons tied to bushes showing the vortex wall.
The builder of the cabin no longer lived on the property.
He found the land too spooky. Orbs of light were often seen. The native
tribes shunned the area. The guide said other vortices throughout the Cascades
associated with the volcanoes from Shasta to Baker. The nearest volcano
to Gold Hill was Crater Lake. He added the USGS, FAA and Air Force had done
a lot of work with sensitive magnetometers had plotted out all the Cascade
vortices after WWII. Due to government and scientific interest in vortices
and in the Oregon Vortex in particular the land may be fenced and shut down
as a tourist site. The guide was sad when he said this.
At the end of the tour the guide looked at his watch and
asked us, "How long was the tour?" We all felt that it had been
short, too short. He said the tour had been over thirty minutes. He finished
by saying that time is altered in the vortex and that clocks do not keep
good time in the cabin.
As we walked back to back to our blue 62 Mercury Meteor I
could see a bemused smile on my father's face. It was as if he had seen
through the gimmickry and doubted that there was anything strange about
the "tourist trap". After all magnetic fields are not shaped like
spinning cones. They are toroidal ! To me the high order of strangeness
left an indelible mark on my memory. Forty one years later I am living inside
another spinning magnetic vortex, but this one is eight miles in diameter
not the one hundred yards of the Oregon Vortex.
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