Abbysford, OR, is a quiet town, outside Portland. One of the most surprising things about Abbysford is that few--even Portland locals have ever heard of it. For one reason or another, the town has stayed more or less untouched by sprawl throughout its history.
The locals of Abbysford are simple enough, though the newest generation has larger dreams than most other generations who came before.
Diana Rothko, 16, who attends the local Abbysford Junior High, wants to become a historian. "I'm just really interested in the people who come before us," sh said. "There's something about the past that is mysterious, you know? Like every life is a mystery--and that's why I started my project."
Diana Rothko's project is on of local intrigue, inquest, with a touch of ghost story mixed in. This precocious, yet stunning young woman has taken it upon herself to investigate a potential murder or murders that occurred all the back between 1887 and 1892--but no one is certain.
Just outside of Abbysford, not a five minutes drive, there once was a house--a mansion, that was the nicest, many locals claim, west of the Rockies. How they might know is a mystery, as any mansion that once stood at the end of the unpaved, and potholed road has crumbled into the marsh it was built on.
The ruins of Eshur Mansion are in a state of decay few buildings ever reach.