Oregon’s rural areas are in the middle of a crisis. Young residents are moving away to find work. Small town Oregon cannot offer enough to hold them, so schools are left without students, homes without people.
The downward spiral could leave towns poor and empty for decades.
Frank Dyer, a retired dry land wheat farmer lives in Mayville, Oregon. Dyer’s town once supported 500 residents. Now, only three families call Mayville home. Other Oregon towns mirror the exodus that has happened in Mayville.
Dyer loves Oregon and he loves this land.
His grandfather homesteaded here, his father was born here. But he does not see a revival for Mayville or unless something changes fast, the rest of rural Oregon.
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