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BAKER COUNTY VISITORS

Your summertime guide to everything to see and do in BAKER COUNTY


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e're glad you're here, a place we think is pretty neat. There are lots of things to do — explore the mountain ranges, stroll through the historic downtown of Baker City, or take a road trip to explore the outlying towns. We hope you stay awhile — and come back soon.

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Trees grace Main Street first with blossoms in the spring, then greenery through the summer and into fiery displays in the fall.

Come visit any time of year

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lthough the typical tourist season coincides with the warmer months, winter offers plent of activity around these parts, especially at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, Sumpter and Halfway. The Baker City Herald publishes a Winter Guide every November detailing the cold-weather attractions (the 2012 version is available online at www.bakercityherald.com). Year-round entertainment includes art shows that open on the first Friday of each month, performances by Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (for their 2013-2014 schedule visit www.eortonline.com), a Literary Night held the second Friday of each month at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, an art-related film shows on the last Thursday of the month at the historic Eltrym Theater, and live music at several venues, including the Geiser Grand Hotel, Earth & Vine, Bull Ridge Brewpub and Corner Brick Bistro.

The Baker County Visitors Guide is a special publication of the Baker City Herald. Copyright the Baker City Herald May 2013. 1915 First St., Baker City, OR • 541-523-3673 • www.bakercityherald.com

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2 — Historic District 4 — Downtown Walking Tour 6 — Kids Activities 8 — Museums 10 — Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 12 — Stay active in Baker City 14 — Hiking 16 — Bicycles 18 — Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway 23 — Elkhorn Scenic Byway 24 — Richland/Huntington scenic drive 26 — Ghost Towns 29 — Fishing 30 — Birding 32 — Winter fun 34 — Calendar

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History The original Bamberger building, built in 1888.

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Bamberger building, 1949-1990

Bamberger today, home of Betty's Books

Restoring the splendor of Main Street Baker County Visitors Guide

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etty Kuhl was an early advocate of historic preservation, and in 1990 she put her beliefs into action by removing the plaster facade that hid the original design of the Bamberger Building, where she opened Betty's Books in 1979 (above photos show the changes).

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he Bamberger building is just one example of Main Street's transformation to unveil the beautiful historic structures. More than $18 million has been invested in renovating Baker City's historic district. Historic Baker City Inc. was founded in 1982, and in 1993 launched the Destination Downtown program to provide matching grants to aid in restoration efforts. Now we boast more than 100 buildings on the Historic Register.

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he Historic Baker City Inc. office provides brochures and walking tour information for the historic district, the second largest in Oregon. Some buildings have plaques, and owners are often happy to chat about the history.

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The Geiser Grand Hotel was saved from ruin in the 1990s and restored to its former grandeur that made it famous.Tours are offered at 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and 1 p.m. every Sunday by a costumed docent who talks about the history of the hotel and the town.Tour cost is $2. For reservations on the tour, call 541-523-1889.

Historic Baker City Inc. Kate Dimon is the HBC director. The office is located at 1901 Main St., in the Veterans Advocates of Oregon and Idaho building.

541-523-5442 www.historicbakercity.com


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o see our historic buildings, you can't go wrong just strolling down Main Street , but here are a few highlights to seek out as you tour — some are located on the side streets.

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■■ 1. Carnegie Library, 2020 Auburn Ave.: Built circa 1909, this building has been renovated and now is home to the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center. Regular events include art shows that open on the First Friday of each month, as well as classes that range from dance to pottery to painting and more.

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■■ 2. Bowen and Bamberger buildings, 1809 and 1813 Main St.: Built in 1886 and 1888, respectively. The Bowen survived a fire that destroyed most of the other buildings — the Bamberger was built after the fire. The facades of both were reconstructed in the 1990s. ■■ 3. The Mint and the Fox buildings, 1828 and 1830 Main St.: The Mint was built in 1889; the Fox in 1889. ■■ 4. Geiser Grand Hotel, 1996 Main St.: Circa 1889. This grand hotel was built by Harry and Jake Warshauer. It was a gathering place for business travelers from across the nation and the world. Local mine owner Al Geiser purchased the hotel at the turn of the century. It later fell into disrepair, and was closed for nearly 30 years before it was restored and reopened by Barbara and Dwight Sidway.

■■ 5. Luther B. Ison Home, 1790 Washington Ave.: Circa 1887. Luther Buford Ison requested only the finest materials for building his home. He died in 1889, but his widow lived there for 50 years. In 1979 it was renovated for use as a bank. ■■ 6. Bowen Home, 1701 Washington Ave.: Circa 1895. Built for Ira Bowen II and Mary Burke Bowen, this home is a traditional Victorian, and it's parklike yard orginally extended to the Powder River. The Bowens were pioneers, and Ira arrived in Baker County in 1862 with his parents. He was later the publisher and editor of Baker City's "Bedrock Democrat" newspaper. ■■ 7. St. Francis Cathedral, 2000 Church St.: Circa 1908. The cathedral was constructed of volcanic tuff stone quarried near Baker City (you'll see many buildings made of tuff in the historic district). The Catholic Diocese of Baker, established by the Pope in 1903, includes all of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains. The Chancery Offices were moved to Bend in the mid-1980s. ■■ 8. Baer Home, 2333 Main St.: Circa 1882. The Baer home is the Italianate-style "twin" of the Adler Home at the opposite end of the block (the Adler House is open during the summer — please see Page 8 for details).

This information is courtesy of Historic Baker City Inc., which is located at 1901 Main St. Stop by the HBC office for more information.


Kids

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Geiser Pollman Park is centrally located in Baker City, offering a spot for a picnic and a playground for kids to burn energy.

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■■ Sam-O Swim Center: Open swim is offered all summer from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located at 580 Baker St. Call 541-523-9622 or visit the website, www. bakerymca.org.

■■ Leo Adler Memorial Pathway: Take a stroll along the Powder River on this paved path.

■■ Geiser Pollman Park: This park is located between Interstate 84 and downtown Baker City. Amenities include picnic tables, a playground, a restroom and lots of room to run.

■■ National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center: Located five miles from Baker City on Highway 86 ■■ Baker Heritage (see Page 10). Features Museum: Features interactive displays to tell displays and exhibits the story of the Oregon about local history. Trail. Outside are several The rock collection — miles of trails where you especially the room where can walk to the trail ruts. rocks glow in the dark — Summer also brings special is especially popular with performances and events. kids. See Page 6. Website: www.blm.gov/or/ oregontrail/


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Museums

Baker Heritage Museum ■■ 2480 Grove St. • 541-523-9308 ■■ www.bakerheritagemuseum.com ■■ Open March -October, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily ■■ Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for children age 12 and younger

Adler House ■■ 2305 Main St. • 541-523-9308 ■■ www.leoadler.com ■■ Open Memorial Day through Labor Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Monday. ■■ Admission: $6 adults, free for 12 and younger

Eastern Oregon Museum

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■■ 610 Third St., Haines ■■ 541-856-3233, 541-856-3564 ■■ Open mid-May to mid-September: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday ■■ Admission: $2 per person; $5 per family

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Rock Creek Power Plant ■■ 541-856-3605 ■■ Tours: July 1-11, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except July 4 with hours from 1-5 p.m.) Tickets are free with admission to Eastern Oregon Museum. ■■ About: Located eight miles west of Haines, this hydroelectic plant was built in 1903.

Pine Valley Community Museum ■■ 155 E Record St., Halfway • 541-742-5346 ■■ Open Memorial Day to Labor Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Also open by appointment. ■■ Admission: By donation

Huntington Museum

■■ 395 First St., Huntington (old Methodist Church ■■ Open Memorial Day to Labor Day: 1-4 p.m. on weekends. Also open by appointment. ■■ Admission: By donation

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A display at the Baker Heritage Museum.

Sumpter Municipal Museum ■■ 245 S. Mill St. • 541-894-2314 ■■ Hours: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Also, volunteers staff most Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cracker Creek Museum of Mining ■■ S. Mill St., Sumpter • www.historicsumpter.com ■■ Hours: This museum is in the development stage, but visitors can take self-guided tours.


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History

Oregon Trail

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Life-size displays and interactive exhibits tell the story of the OregonTrail.

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istory is alive at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City where multi-media exhibits, living history performances and workshops help visitors learn about life along the Oregon Trail from the perspective of indigenous people, pioneers, and the miners and settlers who followed. The center is located five miles east of Baker City on Highway 86 (take exit 302 from Interstate 84). In addition to the indoor exhibits, the center is surrounded by a trail system that takes visitors to the actual Oregon Trail ruts.

Summer hours and fees

■■ 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily ■■ $8 adults, $4.50 seniors, free for ages 15 and older. Federal passes also accpeted ■■ Annual pass (April-October): $25 individual, $45 family

541-523-1843 www.blm.gov/or/oregontrail/

Exhibits and events ■■ Wagons Ho! An Interactive Oregon Trail Experience: Through June 4. Test your pioneer skills with a full-scale replica wagon, try on pioneer clothing, and join in the trail activites at this hands-on exhibit. ■■ Sinners & Saints— Indelicate stories of Emigrants in the West: June 21-Sept. 9. This exhibit presents lesserknown tales of unique individuals who traveled the Oregon and California trails. ■■ Enduring Patterns — A Quilted Heritage: Sept. 27-Nov. 17. View traditional quilt patterns and techniques used in the American West, and vintage quilts alongside modern interpretations of the same patterns. ■■ Meet the Pioneers, Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-26. ■■ 3rd-annual Run to the Ruts 5K/10K fun run/walk: June 1. Celebrate National Trails Day with a walk or run that loops around the center's trails down to the ruts. ■■ Thursday Outdoor Club: June-July. For kids age 8-12, with a different theme each week. ■■ Labor Day Weekend Wagon Encampment: Aug. 31Sept. 1. Experience the food, music, stories and activities of an Oregon Trail wagon train "nooning" stop. ■■ National Public Lands Day: Sept. 28. ■■ Family Fun Day: Nov. 29 ■■ Free Fee Days: May 14, June 1, Sept. 28, Oct. 18, Nov. 9-11, Dec. 1


Stay busy in Baker City

■■ 1. Quail Ridge Golf Course: 2801 Indiana Ave., 541-523-2358 $25 - 9 holes; $35 - 18 holes www.quailridgegreens.com ■■ 2. Geiser-Pollman Park

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■■ 3. Leo Adler Memorial Parkway: Paved path is more than two miles long one way, and follows the Powder River ■■ 4. Baker County Library

■■ 5. Elkhorn Lanes (bowling): 3335 10th St. ■■ 6. Historic Eltrym Theatre: 1809 First St., www.eltrym.com ■■ 7. Tennis Courts

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Outdoors

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aker County is lucky to have two mountain ranges — the Elkhorn Mountains to the west and the Wallowa Mountains (home to the Eagle Cap Wilderness) to the northeast. Both offer trails to alpine lakes — the routes may be long and uphill, but the spectacular views are worth the effort. elow you'll find two "clusters" of hikes deemed kid-friendly by the U.S. Forest Service. Both are accessible by paved highways, and trails range from one-mile, fairly flat terrain, to uphill hikes that test your lungs.

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The Phillips Lake area offers a variety of hiking options. Anthony Lake Recreation Area ■■ What you'll find: This place offers a bit of everything — camping, fishing, sight-seeing and hiking (all abilities, from the flat shoreline trail to the lung-busting hike up to the Elkhorn Crest Trail). ■■ To get there: The area is 35 miles from Baker City. Take Highway 30 out of Baker City to Haines (Tenth Street turns into Hwy. 30). At Haines, turn left onto the Anthony Lake Highway (look for the sign). The highway winds through the country before heading up the mountain. ■■ Information: For descriptions, use the link below.

■■Insider tip: At Anthony Lakes, expect mosquitoes in summer Phillips lake area ■■ What you'll find: Many options for kid-friendly and accessible hikes. It's close too — only about 16 miles from Baker City. Hike distances range from 1 mile (Powder River Interpretive Site) to six miles (Phillips Lake Shoreline Trails). ■■ To get there: Head south out of Baker City on Highway 7 toward Sumpter. ■■ Information: For details, use the link below

■■Insider tip: At Phillips in spring, watch out for ticks, tiny arachnids that cling to clothing. However, spring also means wildflowers.

Trail details: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/hiking/?cid=stelprdb5262893 Maps are available at the Forest Service office, 1550 Dewey Ave.


Visit Baker Museums Baker Heritage Museum

Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mid March - October Grove & Campbell across from City Park • 8 blocks off I-84, Exit 304 Group tours available by appointment

• Mining Exhibits • Ranching • 1900 Baker City

• Rock & Mineral Collection • Wildlife • Transportation • Chinese Culture

www.bakerheritagemuseum.com

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Bicycles

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icycles are big in Oregon, and the quiet roads on our side of the state appeal to those who want to see the sights rather than zoom past in a car.

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■■ Evening ride: A group of bicyclists meets once a week, Wednesdays at 6 p.m., at Flagstaff Sports, 2101 Main St., From mid- May through September. These rides last from 1.5 to 2 hours and cover 20 to 50 miles, depending on the route — flat through the valley farmland, or climbs that range from “moderate” to “challenging.” Average pace is 18 mph.

To head out on your own, Baker City’s streets are bike-friendly, as is the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway (see Page 12). Also, Baker Valley offers good roads and views of both the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountain ranges. Bicycle racing

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f you like to watch bike racing, plan to be here on the last weekend in June for the Baker City Cycling Classic. This three-day, four-stage bicycle race is based in Baker City and draws professionals and amateurs to compete in two road races, one time trial and a criterium in downtown Baker City. This year's race is June 28-30. The last day, a Sunday, now includes a Gran Fondo for anyone who wants a taste of riding

Cycling contacts The local bicycle shop is Flagstaff Sports, located in Basche-Sage Place, 2101 Main St., 541-523-3477. Ask owner Jared Johnson about the local rides, both for the road and for mountain biking. To learn more about the Baker City Cycling Classic, visit www.bakercitycycling.org.

one stage of the race, the 101-mile Tour d'Horn Road Race. Entry is $95. For information, visit the website, www.bakercitycycling.org or search for "Baker City Cycling Classic" on Facebook. Riding the Trails

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or those who prefer dirt trails to the pavement, a local mountain bike group meets Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. In winter and spring, these riders head to Virtue Flat, about eight miles east of Baker City on Highway 86, where miles of trails wind through the sagebrush (many are made by cattle). During the summer and fall, the group changes their ride to Phillips Lake. For more about these rides, check at Flagstaff Sports, 541-523-3477.


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Scenic Bikeway

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Baker County Tourism • www.basecampbaker.com Hells Canyon Dam

Grande Ronde Campground Anthony Lake Campground And Trail

Black Trail Hoffer Lake Trail Anthony Lakes-Granite Closed in Winter Museum

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North Fork John Day Campground

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North Lake Trail Indian Rock Trail South Lake Trail

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Bates State Park Dooley Mtn. Road

Burnt River Road (Gravel) Snake River is county & state line

County Line Spring Recreation Site

Hells Canyon Byway Gravel Roads

Farewell Bend State Park

Elkhorn Byway I-84 Wilderness

Scale: 1" = about 10 miles

Museum

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Baker County Tourism • basecampbaker.com • Map Legend May

25-27 Sumpter Flea Market 25-27 Huntington Catfish Derby and Cook Off 25 Meet the Pioneers living history at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

June

Fuel

1 Run to the Ruts at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 14-16 Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo 28-30 Baker City Cycling Classic

Wildlife Viewing

4 Fourth of July Fireworks in Haines, Halfway & Huntington 4-6 Haines Stampede Rodeo 5-8 Sumpter Flea Market 12-15 Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally 18 - Music In The Meadow 19-20 Baker City Bronc and Bull Riding 19-21 Miners Jubilee 27 Huckleberry Festival

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7-10 Baker County Fair 10 Starlight Express Sumpter Valley Railroad 15 We Like ‘em Short Film Festival 24 Baker City Memory Cruise & Durkee Steak Feed 31 Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo

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8/31-9/1 Oregon Trail Wagon Encampment 8/31-9/2 Sumpter Flea Market 20-21 Hells Canyon Relay Race 21 Great Salt Lick Art Auction

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5 Baker Artists Studio Tour & Taste of Baker 12-13 Sumpter Valley Railroad Fall Foliage Photo Tour

November

23-24 Anthony Lakes Skiing Open (snow pending) 29 Family Fun Day at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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7 Historic Baker City Twilight Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting 14 Baker City Historic Holiday Home Tour

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Elkhorn Scenic Byway

■■ Closed: During winter, the section between Granite and Anthony Lakes is closed

■■ Anthony Lakes Recreation Area: Boasts powdery snow in the winter to attract skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers. In summer, you can camp, hike and fish. Or simply enjoy the scenery, which is beautiful every season of the year.

■■ Sumpter Dredge: See the contraption that dug up more than four million dollars worth of gold. ■■ To get there: Head south from Baker City on Highway 7. After about 25 miles, turn right toward Sumpter. ■■ Dredge Park details: Open May through October, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Restrooms, gift shop, weekend tours of the dredge. ■■ Information: 800-551-6949; www. friendsofthedredge.com 7

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■■ Sumpter Valley Railroad: Runs weekends from Memorial Day through September. ■■ To get there: 23 miles south of Baker City on Highway 7. ■■ Fares: $17.50 adults, $15 senior/military, $11 child (6-16), $50 family; 866-894-2268; www.sumptervalleyrailroad.com

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■■ What: A scenic drive that takes you from Baker City to Richland, then along Brownlee Reservoir (part of the Snake River) to Huntington, then back to Baker City. ■■ How: You can go clockwise — east on Highway 86 to Richland, then south to Huntington — or counterclockwise — southeast on Interstate 84 to Huntington, then north to Richland and back west to Baker City. ■■ Distance: About 130 miles ■■ Time: At least four hours ■■ What to expect: Highway 86 takes you through farmland and into twisty Powder River Canyon. Snake River Road, from Richland to Huntington, is about 40 miles of gravel. The road is narrow is spots, but offers fantastic views of Brownlee Reservoir. But beware: there are dropoffs and no guard rails. ■■ Amenities: Food and gas is available in both Richland and Huntington. There are several campgrounds ■■ History: Before Brownlee Dam was completed in 1957. Prior to that, the Snake River was much narrrower along here with small towns, ranches and fruit orchards. Most of that was covered with water when the dam was built, which raised the water level to where it is today.

■■ Season: The best time is from spring through fall. The elevation is lower than most of Baker County — 2,077 feet above sea level at the reservoir's edge (for comparison, Baker City's elevation is 3,400 feet). ■■ Weather: Summer can be downright hot along here. ■■ Fishing: There are many spots to pull over and fish along Brownlee Reservoir. Common catches include crappie, small-mouth bass and catfish. ■■ Hiking: Summer brings out the rattlesnakes, so be careful if you venture off-road.


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Henry Griffin’s discovery of gold, on Oct. 23, 1861, in a stream a few miles southwest of where Baker City eventually was built, started the region’s gold rush. By the spring of 1862 the first town, Auburn, was sprouting from the wilderness like spring flowers. Griffin’s find was only the first, and with each successive cry of “Eureka,” another camp was hewn from the ponderosa pine forests. Some never contained anything more solid than a few tents. Others became true frontier cities, with newspapers, hotels, fancy women and — always more numerous than any other type of establishment — saloons. A few survived the inevitable boom-and-bust cycles of the mining trade, were incorporated, and survive today. Many did not. Two state highways — 7 and 86 — are the access routes to most of Northeastern Oregon’s ghost towns. Both begin at Baker City. ■■ Griffin Gulch: Follow Main Street south out of Baker City. The street becomes Dewey Avenue, then Ore. Highway 7. Griffin made his historic discovery in a gulch that’s a few miles west of the highway. There’s no site to commemorate Griffin’s find, but the gulch

and gravel road that follows it both bear his name. ■■ Auburn: About seven miles south of Baker City, Old Auburn Road leads west (right) from the highway. Auburn, the first Baker County seat and once the second-largest town in Oregon (only Oregon City had more than Auburn’s 6,000 residents),has disappeared. All that remains are a few scraps of weather-wornwood, on private property. ■■ Clarksville: About a mile and a half south of Auburn Road, Highway 245 leads south over Dooley Mountain to Bridgeport. Clarksville sprouted in the area in the 19th century, and a floating dredge mined Clarks Creek between 1917 and the 1930s. The only traces of the town are photographs. ■■ McEwen/Sumpter: Continue southwest on Highway 7, passing Phillips Reservoir to McEwen, once a station on the Sumpter Valley Railroad. A few old buildings still stand near a modern store and church. A few miles beyond McEwen, turn right at a sign for Sumpter. Once one of the largest mining towns in the region with 5,000 residents (and three dozen saloons), much of Sumpter was destroyed by a fire in August 1917.Today, ghost town is something of a misnomer for Sumpter, whosepopulation is about 175. There are a few restaurants, motels and a gas station. See Ghost Towns/Page 28


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ghost towns ■■ Bourne: Continue northwest through Sumpter on the paved Granite highway and, just after crossing Cracker Creek, turn right on a gravel road. It follows Cracker Creek six miles to Bourne, which was named in honor of Jonathon Bourne, a U.S. senator from Oregon. The town’s post office had been closed for a decade when a flash flood destroyed much of Bourne in 1937. Today, a few old buildings remain, interspersed with newer summer cabins. ■■ Granite: This town 15 miles northwest of Sumpter was founded July 4, 1862, as Independence. The town’s name was changed to Granite in 1874, when its residents, upon applying for a post office, learned a Western Oregon town had already claimed the patriotic title. Granite features several well-preserved buildings from the mining period, as well as a modern gas station, store, restaurant and overnight lodge.

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■■ Whitney: Return to Highway 7 and continue southwest to the green Whitney Valley. Unlike most ghost towns, Whitney was a logging and railroad center, not a mining town. A few weathered buildings remain. ■■ Bonanza: A gravel road leads north from Whitney to this site, which was founded in 1877 near a mine of the same name. ■■ Greenhorn: Continue on Highway 7 beyond Whitney. Where the highway descends to the North Fork Burnt River, turn right on a gravel road. Greenhorn has been called the highest and smallest incorporated town in Oregon. Its population has been as low as one, and its elevation is 6,200 feet. No one lives there year-round.

■■ Austin/Bates: Both are near where Highway 7 ends at U.S. Highway 26. Like Whitney, Austin was a supply center rather than a mining town. ■■ Sparta: Follow Ore. Highway 86 east from Baker City, following signs to Richland, Halfway and Hells Canyon. Just past Milepost 22, turn left at a sign for Sparta. A well-maintained gravel road passes Sparta, which was founded in 1863 and earlier known as Eagle City and Gem, and continues to New Bridge. ■■ Cornucopia: The richest mines in Northeastern Oregon were clustered around this town north of Halfway. To get there, follow Halfway’s Main Street out of town, passing Jimtown and Carson. Mines around Cornucopia produced an estimated $10 million in gold

Did you know... A mine near Bourne, outside of Sumpter, was the setting for the series "Ghost Mine" that premiered on the Syfy channel in January 2013. The shows featured miners seeking gold and two paranormal investigators who addressed the possibility of ghosts. Footage included scenes at the mine, at the Sumpter Dredge and other locations. A second season of the program is scheduled to start in September 2013. For information, check the website www.syfy.com/ghostmine.


Fishing

Wolf Creek Pilcher Creek

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Trout

■■ Phillips and Unity reservoirs; Pilcher Creek, Wolf Creek and Thief Valley: Also, you can fish right in Baker City in the Powder River, with easy access on the Leo Adler Memorial Pathway

Warm Water ■■ Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon reservoirs: Open year-round; fish for crappie, small-mouth bass, catfish

Steelhead ■■ Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam: Northeast of Halfway

Fishing license fees • $33 Oregon resident • $106.25 non-Oregonian

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$16.75 for one day $31.50 for two days $9 ages 14-17 $15 seniors (70+)

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 541-963-2138

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Powder River Interpretive Trail ■■ How to get there: The Powder River Interpretive Trail is located south of Baker City. To get there travel toward John Day on Highway 7 for approximately 16 miles to the Powder River Trail parking area. The loop trail can be accessed from either the upstream or downstream parking areas. There are wooden foot bridges across the river. The northern trail and restroom facility are accessible for visitors with disabilities. The southern trail, across the river is a narrower trail with some mild slopes and is not suitable for visitors with disabilities. ■■ Setting: This birding area is situated along the Powder River with an open conifer and hardwood riparian area. The trail crosses the Powder River over foot bridges and has one restroom, with parking at both ends. Union Creek Campground and Phillips Lake Area ■■ How to get there: From Baker City travel south towards John Day on highway 7 approximately 20 miles to the Union Creek reservoir area. From this point you have several options: ■■ The Union Creek Campground (Forest Service fee site): has paved roads that can be walked or driven. A trail below the campground and above Phillips Lake is a nice walk (around the lake if you're ambitious). ■■ The Southwest Shore Campground and Millers Lane Campground: Located on the south side of the lake. You can access them by continuing your trip back on Highway 7 to the Hudspeth Lane turnoff approximately 3 miles. Follow the signs to the Southwest Shore campground. These sites have good views and habitat. Hudspeth Lane crosses the dredge tailings and usually has water on both sides. ■■ Mowich Loop Picnic Area: Can be accessed by continuing your travels back on Highway 7 approximately one mile. This developed picnic area has some interpretive panels, and an accessible restroom which is open during the summer months. ■■ Setting: These birding areas are mostly associated with the reservoir and open ponderosa pine forests. Hole-in-the-Wall ■■ How to get there: From Baker City travel go north on Interstate I-84 to the 302 exit, then east on Highway 86 toward Hells Canyon and the Richland/Halfway area. Travel approximately 30 miles to the “Hole-in-the-Wall” Interpretive site. The birding area is located below the interpretive area along the Powder River by the old highway, which is now closed due to a landslide. To

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reach this area continue on Highway 86 approximately 1 mile, take the next road to the left which goes up the old highway and dead-ends in about 1/2 mile. There are no developed facilities at this site. ■■ Setting: This birding area is situated along the Powder River with riparian hardwoods and upland sagebrush habitats. Love Reservoir ■■ How to get there : From Baker City travel go north on Interstate I-84 to the 302 exit going east on Highway 86 toward Hells Canyon and the Richland/Halfway area. Travel approximately 7 miles and turn right on the Ruckles Creek Road , which is a county road opposite the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. After approximately 7 miles, the dirt road branches (probably not signed). Follow the main branch as it climbs higher into sagebrush country, approximately 6.5 miles to the reservoir. There are no developed facilities at this site. Bring a spotting scope along for better viewing. Caution: the road to this remote reservoir is not paved and not suitable for passenger vehicles when wet. See Birds/Page 37

This birding information is courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service - Wallowa-Whitman. To see more, visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/natureviewing/?cid=stelprdb5304107


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Winter

Snowshoe ■■ What: A winter sport that doesn't have a learning curve — other than strapping the snowshoes onto your boots. ■■ Where: Anywhere with snow, preferrably six inches to a foot. Anthony Lakes may be the most obvious place for snow, but Phillips Reservoir is also a good spot, as is the Sumpter Dredge State Heritage Area. (For trail ideas, see "Hiking" on Page 14. The places listed there work for snowshoeing as well. ■■ Rent: If you don't have your own gear, you can rent snowshoes in Baker City at the Geiser Grand Hotel or at the Anthony Lakes Nordic Center ■■ Information: Geiser Grand: 541-5231889 or 1996 Main St.; Anthony Lakes Nordic Center, 541-856-3277 Ext. 31

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Ski, snowboard

■■ What: Seeking some of the best powder for skiing and snowboarding? Head to Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, which is open most years by early December and operates through early April. ■■ Events: Though the resort doesn't offer overnight accommodations, visitors have a reason to stay past skiing time for live music, food and special events through the season, such as bonfires and a nighttime snowshoe excursion. ■■ To get there: The area is 35 miles from Baker City. Take Highway 30 out of Baker City to Haines (Tenth Street turns into Hwy. 30). At Haines, turn left onto the Anthony Lake Highway (look for the sign). The highway winds through the country before heading up the mountain. ■■ Information: www.anthonylakes.com, 541-856-3277, or find "Ski Anthony Lakes" on Facebook.

Before you go... Tell someone where you're going and what time you expect to return.

What to wear... Layers are your best defense against the unpredictable cold weather. A baselayer of "wicking" material is best, followed by a warm layer, such as fleece, and then a waterproof jacket. You might get too hot as you exert yourself, but you can always remove layers. As for your legs, anything warm and waterproof is a good idea. Sunglasses are also handy, to guard against the extra-bright snow on sunny days.

What to take... It's always a good idea to take food and water. A backpack is an ideal place to carry these items, plus a camera. It also gives you a place to stuff clothes if you get too warm.


Local Dining... See our Dining Guide on page 37 & 38

Local Lodging... See our Lodging Guide on page 39 & 40


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May ■■ 3: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 10: "Here's to Broadway" opens, runs for the next three weekends, www.eortonline.com ■■ 12: Eastern Oregon Museum in Haines opens for the season (Page 6) ■■ 17: Free day at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center ■■ 24: Sumpter Valley Railroad opens (Page 24) ■■ 24: Sumpter Flea Market, Memorial Day weekend ■■ 25: Pioneer Living History, Oregon Trail Interpretive Center ■■ 25: Adler House Museum opens (Page 6) ■■ 24: Catfish Derby, Huntington ■■ 30: Thursday Art Night, Eltrym Theater June ■■ 1: "Run to the Ruts" at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 541-523-1843 ■■ 1: Free day at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center ■■ 5: Baker City Farmers Market opens for the season, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October at Geiser Pollman Park. ■■ 7: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 14: Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo, Halfway ■■ 15: Michael "Bad Hand" Terry performances begin at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 541-523-1843 ■■ 20: Oregon Cattlemen Association's centennial celebration ■■ 28-30: Baker City Cycling Classic (Page XX) july ■■ 4-5: Haines Stampede rodeo (1:30 p.m. July 4; 5:30 p.m. July 5), www.hainesstampede.com ■■ 4: Fourth of July celebration in Haines ■■ 5: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 5: Sumpter Flea Market ■■ 12: Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, www. hellscanyonrally.com ■■ 19-21: Miners Jubilee weekend, Baker City ■■ 19: Bronc riding, 7 p.m., $15, fairgrounds, www. bakerbroncsandbulls.com ■■ 19-21: Quilt Show, Community Events Center ■■ 20: Bull riding, 6 p.m., $15, fairgrounds ■■ 27: Huckleberry Festival, North Powder August ■■ 3: — First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 3-4: 4-H Fair horse show ■■ 4: East-West All-Star Shrine Football Game events: breakfast in Geiser-Pollman Park, 6:30-10 a.M.; Parade downtown, 10 a.m., Game at Baker High School, 12:30 p.m. ■■ 8-10: Baker County Fair, fairgrounds in Baker City

First Friday of every month: Art shows open at downtown galleries. Afternoon Tea at the Adler House Museum.

Every Friday: Live music at the Geiser Grand Hotel, 1996 Main St., (fiddler Stefannie Gordon) and at the VAOI, 1901 Main St. (ragtime pianist Keith Taylor).

Last Thursday of every month: Baker Art Guild presents Thursday Art Night, a special art-related documentary, at the historic Eltrym Theatre, 1809 First St. www.eltrym.com ■■ 10: Demolition Derby, Baker City rodeo arena at the fairgrounds ■■ 15-17: — "We Like 'Em Short" film festival at Eltrym Theater, www.eltrym.com ■■ 17: Music in the Meadow, 10 a.m., Sumpter fairgrounds. Features bands, a beer garden, old-fashioned games and contests, gold panning, photo stations, and other fun. ■■ 24: Memory Cruise car show, Geiser-Pollman Park. Dan Haberman,541-519- 5963; Wayne Rider, 541-519- 7647 ■■ 24: Durkee Steak Feed, evening at Quail Ridge Golf Course. This fundraiser for Durkee features a steak dinner, sides and fresh Cowboy Fry Bread. ■■ 30: Sumpter Flea Market for Labor Day weekend ■■ 31: Eagle Valley Grange Steak Feed ■■ 31: Labor Day wagon encampment at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Page 10) ■■ 31: Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo, Halfway, www.halfwayfairandrodeo.com september ■■ 6: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 8: Grandparents Day Special, Sumpter Valley Railroad, www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org ■■ 20: Hells Canyon Relay, where teams of runners and walkers go from the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to La Grande, via the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, www. hellscanyonrelay.com ■■ 21: Great Salt Lick Contest and Auction, proceeds benefit research for Parkinson's disease, www. saltlickcity.com ■■ 21: Honor Our Veterans, Sumpter Valley Railroad, www. sumptervalleyrailroad.org See Page 36


BAKER COUNTY

Church Directory AGAPE CHRISTIAN CENTER Sunday Services 10:00 am & 6:30 pm Thursday Healing Rooms 5:00-7:00 pm Weds Women's Prayer & Bible Study 9:30-12:00 pm South Highway 7 Pastor Garth Johnson 541-523-6586

ST. BRIGID’S IN THE PINES COMMUNITY CHURCH East Auburn Street, Sumpter

11 a.m. Services

1st & 3rd Sunday • Holy Eucharist Information: 523-4812 A Mission of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Baker City

www.bakercalvarybaptist.com Third & Broadway - 523-3891 Sunday Schedule: 8:30 AM Bible Discovery (All Ages) Children's Church 10 AM (Ages 3 - 4th Grade) 10 AM Worship Service YOUTH GROUPS 5-6 PM 5th & 6th Grade 6-8 PM 7th - 12th Grade

Ministries available for: Children, Youth & Adults Including: Awana, Youth Group, & Home Studies

Pastor Dave Deputy Sunday Worship First Service.............................8:15 am Sunday School.........................9:45 am 2nd Service............................10:45 am Mid-Week Small Groups for Adults, Youth & Children Jesse Whitford, Pastor Jase Madsen, Youth Pastor 675 Hwy 7 • 541-523-5425

St. Stephen’s Episcopal

SAINT ALPHONSUS HOSPITAL CHAPEL Midway Drive P.O. Box 1046 Baker City, Oregon 97814

Mass .............. 9:00 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

1995 Fourth Street • Baker City 523-5201 10:30 AM Sunday Worship Service 9:30 AM Sunday School (Sept. - May) Child Care Provided

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

17th & Pocahontas, Baker City 523-4913 Pastor Tony Brandon Services Saturdays Church at Study...............9:30 am Worship........................ 11:00 am Baker Valley Adventist School Grades 1-8 • 523-4165

St. Francis De Sales Cathedral

Established 1904

2177 First Street • Baker City Corner Church & First Streets

Services at 9 AM 1st & 3rd Sundays Holy Eucharist 2nd & 4th Sundays Morning Prayer 5th Sunday of any month Morning Prayer Vicar The Rev. Aletha Bonebrake 523-6025 Deacon The Rev. Connie Boone 523-4459

Church Office: In North Wing of Church Entrance on 1st St. • 523-4812

Baker City Saturday Mass except Mid June to Sept........6 pm Sunday Mass ...............................9:30 am Spanish Mass..........Noon (1st & 3rd weekends) St. Therese, Halfway....Mass always at 2 pm 1st & 3rd weekends on Saturday 2nd, 4th & 5th weekends on Sunday

St. Francis Chapel… Tues & Thurs at 7:30 am • Fri 6 am Father Julian Cassar, Pastor 541-523-4521 • Corner of First & Church St.

Knights meet 3rd Thursday at 7 pm


Calendar

Continued from Page 34 ■■ 27: Enduring Patterns: A Quilted Heritage at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 541-523-1843 ■■ 28: National Public Lands Day, Oregon Trail Interpretive Center october ■■ 4: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 5: Fall Festival, downtown Baker City. Events include music, a pie-eating contest, horse-drawn wagon rides and the Taste of Baker City restaurant crawl, 541-5235442 ■■ 5-6: Artist Studio Tour. Information: 541-523-5369 ■■ 8: Oregon Day of Culture, Baker Heritage Museum, 541523-9308 ■■ 12-13: Fall Foliage Tours on the Sumpter Valley Railroad (Page 24) ■■ 31: Downtown Trick-or-Treat

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November ■■ 1: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 29: Family Fun Day at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (Page 10) ■■ 22: Horse-drawn sleigh rides begin for the season, 7 p.m. every Friday. Features sleigh ride (or wagon, if no snow), then hot drinks and fiddle music at the Geiser Grand Hotel. 541-523-1889

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December ■■ 6: First Friday art shows, downtown Baker City ■■ 7, 8: Christmas Train, Sumpter Valley Railroad, www. sumptervalleyrailroad.org ■■ 7: Twilight Parade in downtown Baker City, 5 p.M. Following the parade is the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree ■■ 7, 14, 21: Victorian High Tea at the Geiser Grand Hotel, 541523-1889 ■■ 14: Wildlife Tours are held weekends through the winter at Anthony Creek feed site, near North Powder. 541-856-3356, www.tnthorsemanship.com

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See elk up close at the WildlifeTours. For information, visit www.tnthorsemanship. com. Click on "WildlifeTours."

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The Sumpter Valley Railroad operates weekends from Memorial Day weekend through September, with special events later in the year (Fall Foliage in October, Christmas trains in December). For information, visit www.sumptervalleyrailroad.com or call 866-894-2268.


Birds

Birds Continued from Page 30 Highway Ponds ■■ Highway 203 Pond: From Baker City travel north on Interstate 84 approximately 5 miles to Exit 298 (going to Medical Springs). This pond is managed by the Oregon Department of Wildlife and is just off the interstate to the east of the access road. There is a designated parking area on the northside of the pond but no other developed facilities. A foot path developed by anglers goes around the pond. ■■ Private interstate frontage road ponds: Other privately owned dredge ponds are also located just east of Baker City along the Frontage road on the west side of the interstate and along the Airport road on the east side of the interstate. To get to these ponds, go to the 304 exit and turn right back toward Baker City. The ponds can be viewed from the county road — public access is only allowed with permission from the landowner. Baker County birding Checklist:

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■■www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5228111.pdf

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Burger Bob’s

2380 10th St., Baker City, OR (since 1960) 541.523.3513

Coffee Corral

1706 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 541.524.9290

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Haines Steak House

10 minutes north of Baker City on Hwy. 30 in Haines, OR 541.856.3639 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 25

Inland Cafe

2715 10th St., Baker City, OR 541.523.9041

Oregon Trail Restraunt

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The Sunridge Inn

1 Sunridge Ln., Baker City, OR, I-84 Exit 304 541.523.4495 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 17

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Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials . . . . . . . . Restaurant 11-10, 7 days a week . . . . . . . . . Lounge 4-Close, 7 days a week

Family fun: see working replica of train. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Family dining. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open 7 days a week. Visit us online: bestwestern.com/sunridgeinn Patio dining. Sports Bar. Family dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open 7 days a week.

Taco Time

915 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 541.523.6657 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 13

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Local Lodging Always Welcome Inn

175 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 541.523.3431 • 1.800.307.5206 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 19

Baker City Motel & RV Park

I-84 Exit 306, 880 Elm St., Baker City, OR 541.523.6381 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 23

Best Western Sunridge Inn

I-84 Exit 304, One Sunridge Ln., Baker City, OR 541.523.6444 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 17

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40254 Highway 86, Richland, OR 541.893.6161 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 27

Eldorado Inn

695 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 800.537.5756

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Geiser Grand Hotel

1996 Main St., Baker City, OR 541.523.1889 • 888.GeiserG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see inside back cover

Gold Rush RV Park

680 Crackercreek Rd., Sumpter, OR 541.894.2217

Halfway Motel & RV Park Main St., Halfway, OR 541.742.5722

Hells Canyon Adventures

www.hellscanyonadventures.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 27



Cable TV/ESPN/HBO, in-room coffee, Ski & Golf Pkgs, Lodgenet Conference Center bestwestern.com/sunridgeinn . . . . . . Reservation Line: 1.800.233.2368 Continental breakfast, clean & affordable, Queen & King beds, Senior, Commercial & Group Discounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.523.6571



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Eagle Valley RV Park

Commerical & Group Rates, Truck parking In-room microwave, refrig, extremely clean rooms & very affordable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.523.6381



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Bridge Street Inn

134 Bridge St., Baker City, OR 541.523.6571 • 800.932.9220 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 15

Closest motel to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.523.3431



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Open Year Round, Laundry, Showers Fish Cleaning Station, RV & Boat Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.893.6161



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eldoradoinn.net Affordable luxury! Guest suites with breathtaking views, cozy robes, room service, fireplaces, free coffee, movies & more



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24 Spaces • Electricity Available Snowmobile Trails, ATV Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.894.2217

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Convenient location to all Hells Canyon National Recreation Area activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.742.5722 Clean, comfortable, spacious accommodations, continental breakfast Dish TV, Wifi . . . . . . . 1.800.422.3568 or 541.785.3352

Idaho Power 1.800.422.3143 . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 27

Visit any of our 4 parks in Hells Canyon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . idahopower.com

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Local Lodging Knights Inn

2205 Broadway, Baker City, OR 541.523.6324 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 7

Downtown budget friendly motel. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. . . . . . . . . . . knightsinn.com/hotel/34987

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Mtn. View Trav-L-Park

I-84 Exit 304, 2845 Hughes Ln., Baker City, OR 1.800.806.4824 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 5

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Oregon Trail Motel

211 Bridge St., Baker City, OR 541.523.5844 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 17

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OR Trails West RV Park

42534 N. Cedar, Baker City, OR 541.523.3236 • 1.888.523.3236 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 13 163 Main St., Halfway, OR 541.742.2027 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 27

Rodeway Inn

810 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 800.228.5151

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Singles starting at $39. Laundry. Extended stay discount. . . . . . . . . . . oregontrailmotelandrest.com Mini Mart, Laundry Good Sam Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.523.3236

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Pine Valley Lodge

Full service RV Resort complete with rustic Oregon Trail Charms. We cater to Big Rigs & Groups. You will experience the Oregon Trail with good ole fashioned hospitality.

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Continental Breakfast, Private Baths Guest Laundry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .541.742.2027

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Handicap access, complimentary breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rodewayinn.net



Tent Area, ATV Trails, Fishing, Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . .sumpterpinesrvpark.com

Sumpter Pines RV Park 640 S. Sumpter Hwy, Sumpter, OR 541.894.2328

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Super 8 Motel

I-84 Exit 304, 250 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 541.523.8282 • 1.800.800.8000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 9

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Truck parking, direct dial phone calls, juice, coffee, rolls, guest laundry, suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.super8.com

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