Antelope Sculpture - Wasco County Courthouse lawn - The Dalles Oregon
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N 45° 35.983 W 121° 11.018
10T E 641655 N 5051179
Quick Description: This antelope sculpture commemorates the individuals who opposed the Rajneeshi attempt to take over Wasco County government in the 1980s.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:03:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM3APM
The text on the plaque at the base of the statue reads:
Dedicated to all who steadfastly and unwaveringly opposed the attempts of the Rajneesh followers to take political control of Wasco County. 1981-1985
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" (Edmund Burke)
The monument was dedicated on July 13th 1986 and was a gift from the community of Antelope Oregon. (visit link
) Source: Ashe' Journal (visit link
In 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh relocated to the United States with his followers and "established an intentional community, later known as Rajneeshpuram, in the state of Oregon". They had bought the former "Big Muddy Ranch near Antelope.
"Within a year, the leadership of the commune became embroiled in a conflict with local residents, primarily over land use, which was marked by bitter hostility on both sides".
Other crimes in Wasco County commited by Rajneesh followers "included the attempted murder of his personal physician, poisonings of public officials, wiretapping and bugging..., and a bioterror attack on the citizens of The Dalles, Oregon, using salmonella". Wikipedia: (visit link