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Atlas Obscura explores a failed Oregon Utopia

Okay, so it’s technically a little outside the “state of Jefferson,” but… Atlas Obscura—surely one of the most wonderful sites on the web—has posted a fascinating little historical tour of Muddy Ranch, near Antelope, Oregon. This ranch, taken originally from the Paiutes and the scene of a bloody battle, is also the erstwhile home of (among other social experiments) the notorious Rajneeshpuram, the “City of Rajneesh.” According to the author, Adrian Shirk, This September is the 30th anniversary of the dissipation of Rajneeshpuram, the utopian city established on the Muddy Ranch. For a time in 1984, Rajneeshpuram was not only the
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