Oregon Trail Mushroom plant goes on the auction block – again

The former Oregon Trail Mushroom plant in Vale will go on the auction block June 17 at the Malheur County Courthouse. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons).

VALE – The rusting hulk of the Oregon Trail Mushroom plant is hard to miss when you drive into Vale.

The abandoned facility sits on the north side of U.S. Highway 20 and personifies high ambitions crushed by economic downturns.

On June 17, the property will go on the auction block as the trustee seeks more than $650,000 to pay off a loan, city fees and unpaid county property taxes.

The owner of the facility, Western Heritage Investments, owes $626,785 on a loan, more than $70,000 to Vale and about $35,000 in county property taxes, according to county records.

Established in 1988, the plant produced more . . .