I spent nearly a week in Oregon on a vacation during August of 2015. I really noticed a significant number of businesses along my travel corridor that were closed.
From closed restaurants in Brookings to former gasoline stations and motels, it was rather startling.
Perhaps many of the closures came from the downturn in the economy in about 2008.
I recall from an Oregon trip last year that the city of Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast seemed to have more than its share of closed businesses.
Hard hit too, seemed to be the little places on Highway 199, between Grants Pass and Crescent City, where many old tourist stops seemed boarded up.
Even in small towns of Northern California the same trend appeared to exist.