Famous Farmhouse Lost in Flames
August 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

It’s become a common warm-weather sight in the Northwest: acre upon acre ravaged by fire.

The summer of 2018 has been no exception.

The Substation Fire started on private land southeast of The Dalles, Oregon, on Tuesday, July 17. By the evening of July 22, the fire had covered 78,425 acres.

Among the destruction was the Charles E. Nelson farmhouse in Dufur, a farming community of 607 people as of 2014.

The clapboard Queen Anne Victorian dated back to the late 1800s. It was named for Charles Nelson, the building’s last occupant. He and his wife, Orma, lived there from 1927 to 1949.

Although the house was dilapidated and abandoned—left vacant for nearly 80 years—it was thought to be one of the most photographed farmhouses in the state.

The top photo, taken by Leon Burkholder of Boring, Oregon, was captured July 7. Leon returned to the spot July 18. Only a few scorched trees and an unused windmill remain.