September 14, 2018
How does a sleepy little timber town in Southern Oregon become a possible Shangri-La for the future? Welcome to Tiller, where the Caswell family, owners of the town, recently sold it for somewhere in the $3.8 million range.
The new owners hope to create a tree-laden river resort open to the public in the verdant, remote and mostly unoccupied setting on the South Umpqua River, about 225 miles south of Portland. The undisclosed buyers say they have no interest in logging, growing or selling cannabis, or operating a rehab center or nudist colony.
They envision a Shangri-La-like setting, where the forests will be maintained, people will be hired, local products will be sold, and forward-thinking experts will work on crucial social issues such as creating “healthy homes” and relying on biofuel public transportation… while vacationers hike trails and ride ziplines over the water.
Richard Caswell says, “What happens to Tiller is going to be determined by the imagination of the buyers and the limitations of the bankroll.”
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