Buncom Day 2015 Attractions


Buncom, Southern Oregon’s last standing ghost town, comes alive from 10am to 3pm on Saturday May 30 at the annual “Buncom Day” festivities.

There will be a parade at noon, along with the world-famous “chicken splat contest,” a barbecue lunch, live music, face painting, books, plants, a country store, children’s activities, and exhibits ranging from one by the Oregon Paranormal Society to ones about noxious weeds and fire safety. Or not. One is never quite sure what will happen on Buncom Day.

The event raises a little money to keep the historic buildings in a state of “arrested decay,” but it’s mainly just a whole lot of fun among friends, visitors, and curious tourists. The identity of the parade’s Grand Marshall remains a well-guarded secret, even from the honoree. Recent Grand Marshalls have included Mail Tribune editor Bob Hunter, extraordinary volunteer Andy Batzer, and District Attorney Beth Heckert.

Admission is free. To get there, follow Highway 238 to Ruch, turn south at Ruch on Upper Applegate Road, travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate and go another three miles to Buncom at the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Park where you can and enjoy the walk to the town.

Southern Oregon’s Last Standing Ghost Town: A Place … and a State of Mind


Buncom Day is May 30, 2015, the last Saturday in May.

Nestled among the pines in a corner of Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, the ghost town of Buncom provides a look back into the past, to the days when gold miners swarmed the hills, to the loggers who matched their hand-held saws against the mighty forests, to the ranchers and farmers who brought stability and a sense of home. Today, the memory of Buncom past – of the strong, able and self-sufficient people who populated it – is an always-present reminder of the importance of neighbors and community. It is said that people move to the country to get away. To a certain extent that’s true, but ironically they can also develop a sense of community not often found in cities. You may not see your Buncom neighbors often, but you welcome the opportunities to visit, and you know they are always there to help when needed. Join us on these pages for a bit of history, humor and whimsy. For Buncom is more than its buildings. For many of us, it’s a state of mind.