Tiller, a small town in the US state of Oregon, has been put on sale. Yes, you read that right! According to BBC News, a price tag of $3.8 million (£3.1m) has been put on the town. “It’s a mostly uninhabited area 225 miles (362 km) south of Portland. The deal includes six houses, a flat, petrol station and a shop. Roughly 250 people live in the surrounding area,” says the description of the video uploaded on YouTube. The residents began leaving the area after the decline in timber harvesting and the closure of the town’s mill, the description further mentions.
Where is Tiller town?
Situated in the rugged beauty of a national forest in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, Tiller sits on the banks of the South Umpqua River with nearly a mile of river frontage. The town is about an hour away from Crater Lake National Park. Aside from the family that owns and is now selling the town, only two residents remain in Tiller itself: a former teacher who lives next to the school and the pastor of the local church. The town is classed as an “unincorporated area” which means it is not governed by a local governing body. It was named after early settler Aaron Jefferson Tiller, a farmer who died in 1893.
Who will buy Tiller in Oregon?
According to various media reports, so far Tiller has had interest from Chinese developers and people interested in building a senior care facility. At least one potential buyer has also shown interest in using the land for a hemp growing operation. Hemp is an industrial crop related to cannabis, which is legal in Oregon but remains illegal at the federal level.