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Explore baker county 2014 - 2015 VISITORS GUIDE

Your guide to everything to see and do in BAKER COUNTY


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Barley Brown’s Tap-Room and Brewery 2200 Main Street, Baker City • 541-523-BEER

Sumpter Junction Restaurant Exit 304 off I-84 & off Campbell St. in Baker City 541-523-9437

Family Eating & Entertainment Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Open 7 Days A Week 6 AM - 9 PM Children & Senior Citizen Menus The Junction features a working replica of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, which is viewed as an exciting toy by children & as an interesting and amazing piece of art and craftsmanship by adults.


Welcome to Baker County We're glad you're here, whether your stay is for a day, a weekend, a week, or forever.

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very year we take a step back and try to see our area as a visitor. What would we want someone who arrives to know about Baker County? What are our favorite activities, must-see attractions and great places to eat, drink, stay and shop? With so many travelers using cell phones, tablets and notebooks as they travel, this year we’ve added mobile versions of the guide. Browse these pages at the website www.bakercityherald.com under "Visitors Guide," or use our area’s new mobile app, Go Northeast Oregon. Once downloaded, the app has up-to-the minute information on attractions and turn-by-turn GPS instructions. Receive weather, road and news notifications for Northeast Oregon, and listings for all of the businesses featured in this guide. Look for area events and deals from advertisers, too. Go to our arts and entertainment website www.gonortheastoregon.com for the link or download Go Northeast Oregon from Apple iTunes, or Google Play. And above all, Go Explore Baker County, and enjoy! The Baker County Visitors Guide is a special publication of the Baker City Herald. Copyright the Baker City Herald May 2014. 1915 First St., Baker City, OR 97814 541-523-3673 • www.bakercityherald.com Also on Facebook and Twitter Photos in this guide by S. John Collins/Baker City Herald www.bakercityherald.com

2 — Historic District 4 — Walking Tour 6 — Keeping Kids Busy 8 — Museums 10 — Oregon Trail history 12 — Activity in Baker City 14 — Hiking 16 — Bicycles 18 — Scenic Bikeway 20-21 — Hells Canyon Byway 22 — Elkhorn Scenic Byway 24 — Snake River Loop 26 — Ghost Towns 30 — Fishing 32 — Birding 34 — Sumpter Valley Railroad 35 — History 36 — Winter fun Go Explore Baker County

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Restoring the Splendor of

Main Street Downtown Baker City has more than 100 buildings on the Historic Register

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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.

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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 restora2

tion 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. HBC is located at 2005 Washington Ave., inside the historic Pythian Castle. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays. Telephone: 541-523-5442 Website: www.historicbakercity.com HBC is also on Facebook.

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The Pythian Castle — the gray building made of native tuff stone — now houses the office of Historic Baker City Inc. It is staffed afternoons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. www.bakercityherald.com


• Dog & Cat Boarding • All Breeds Groomed • No Tranquilizers

Day Boarding Available

www.kanyid.com

Hours: 7 am - 6 pm - Monday - Saturday • 7-9 am & 4-6 pm Sunday

523-6080 • 1405 17th St. • Baker City, OR

Walking Distance To Historic District 41 Guest Rooms Handicap Accessible Non-Smoking Rooms Pet Rooms Available King Sized Beds Available

Free Deluxe Breakfast Free Local Calls Fridges & Micros In Rooms Direct TV/HBO Wireless Internet Guest Laundry

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BRIDGE STREET INN For Your Reservation Call: 1-800-932-9220 Tel: 541-523-6571 • Fax: 541-523-9424

web: bridgestreetinn.net

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2 3 1 To see our historic buildings, you can simply stroll down Main Street. However, here are a few highlights to seek out as you tour — some are located a couple blocks off Main Street.

■■ 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. ■■ 2.Bowen and Bamberger buildings,1809and 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

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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 Italianatestyle "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).

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BETTY’S BOOKS

Let TacoTime be your Hunger Handler. Now Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Baker City

915 Campbell

1813 Main St. Baker City Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30 (541) 523-7551 • (888) 202-6657

Sunday Summer Concert Series

June 8 - 15 - 22 - 29 • July 6- 13- 27 • August 3 -10 - 17 - 24 Presented byy Powder River Music Review Sponsored nsored By By: Ba Bake Baker ake ke City Herald, Historic Bakerr C Cityy Inc., Soroptimist ro roptimist International Internatio Inte In nte ttern eerna ern r al o of Bak Baker County ountyy & Baker City Band Bandstand ndstand tand nd d FFundraising nd ndraising n d sin Com Committeee

2 PM at Geiser-Pollman Park on Campbell Street in Baker City June 8: Brady Goss June 15: Margie Mae/Hank Williams Act June 22: High Desert Renegades June 29: Terry LaMont July 6: Bruno Dunes Band July 13: The D Fenders

Season kicks off June 8th with nationally known pianist Brady Goss! July 27: Frank Carlson Aug 3: Johnny & The Lawbreakers Aug 10: Nancy Ames Aug 17: Larry Howe Aug 24: Marv & Friends Aug 31: TBD

For weekly updates, check ads in The Baker City Herald and La Grande Observer and www.facebook.com/BakerCityBandstand • www.bakercitybandstand.org Artist schedule subject to change

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Keeping the Kids busy

■■ Sam-O Swim Center: 580 Baker St. Open swim is offered all summer from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 541-5239622 or visit the website, www.bakerymca.org.

■■ Leo Adler Memorial Parkway: Take a stroll along the Powder River on this paved path. It crosses through several parks, and the local Lions Club has added interpretive signs and benches along the way.

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■■ 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.

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■■ Baker Heritage Museum: Features displays and exhibits about local history. The rock collection — especially the room where rocks glow in the dark — is especially popular with kids. See Page 8.

■■ National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center: Located five miles from Baker City on Ore. Highway 86 (see Page 10). Features interactive displays to tell the story of the Oregon Trail. Outside are several miles of trails where you can walk to the trail ruts. Summer also brings special performances and events. Website: www.blm.gov/or/ oregontrail/

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Baker City’s Newest Motel

Always Welcome Inn

The Motel Highest In Customer Satisfaction Closest motel to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center • All Rooms Non-smoking • Free Coffee and Danish • Free Wi-Fi • Free In-room Coffee • All Rooms Oversized

• Handicapped Rooms • Free Local Calls • Free City Maps • Queen-size Beds • Fridges and Microwaves

We now offer miniature golf with room rental!

Always Welcome Inn

(541) 523-3431 Reservations: 1-800-307-5206 175 Campbell Street • Baker City, OR 97814

Directions: I-84, Exit 304, Turn East Two Blocks

OREGON TRAIL MOTEL & RESTAURANT Close to Shopping and Historic Downtown Toll Free

1-888-523-5882

Adjoining Family Style Restaurant...

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

• Downtown on the Powder River • Outdoor Heated Seasonal Pool • Clean and Affordable • Microwaves and Fridges • Free Full Breakfast

• Direct TV • Extended Stay Discounts • 54 Quiet Rooms • Pets Welcome • Free Wireless Net • Guest Room Laundry

(except special weekends)

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interactive history Our rich heritage is preserved in museums across the county.

Baker Heritage Museum ■■ 2480 GroveSt. • 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 MainSt. • 541-523-9308 ■■ www.leoadler.com, www.bakerheritagemuseum.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

■■ 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

Rock Creek Power Plant

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

■■ 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.

Sumpter Municipal Museum

Pine Valley Community Museum

Cracker Creek Museum of Mining

■■ 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

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

■■ 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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Explore the Oregon Trail The Great Migration came through Baker County, and the ruts are still visible a few miles east of Baker City.

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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.

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hroughout the year, center staff lead special workshops for children and adults to educate about history while experiencing historic crafts, cooking techniques or music. Each Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend brings the wagon encampment to life, and special

performances are scheduled throughout the summer. The Trail Tenders, a nonprofit volunteer group, is an integral part to the Interpretive Center.They raise money through sales in the gift shop and an annual "Run to the Ruts" trail run/walk held in early June. Call for a current schedule of events, or visit the website.

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he center is located five miles east of Baker City on Oregon 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.

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9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily $8 adults, $4.50 seniors, free for ages 15 and younger. Federal passes are accepted Annual passes available: $25 individual, $45 family

Winter

November - March 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Check for reduced hours) $5 adults, $3.50 seniors, free for ages 15 and younger.

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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 Men's Bible Study Fri 7pm South Highway 7 Pastor Garth Johnson 541-523-6586

St. Stephen’s Episcopal 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 Morning Prayer Church Office: In North Wing of Church Entrance on 1st St. • 523-4812

Sunday Worship

First Service..............................9:00 am 2nd Service & Sunday School..10:45 am Small Groups: Kids Connection Pre-5th Grade Wednesday..............6:30 pm High School Youth - Tues........ 7:00 pm Jr. High Youth - Mon............... 6:30 pm

Jesse Whitford, Pastor Jase Madsen, Youth Pastor 675 Hwy 7 • 541-523-5425

Mass .............. 9:00 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH www.bakercitysda.com 17th & Pocahontas, Baker City 523-4913 Pastor Tony Brandon

11 a.m. Services 1st & 3rd Sunday Holy Eucharist

A Mission of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Baker City

Faith Center Foursquare

A Four Square Gospel Church 1839 3rd Street 541-523-7915 Worship Service 10:45 a.m.

All are welcome.

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 www.bakerfirstpres.org

St. Francis De Sales Cathedral

Established 1904

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

East Auburn Street, Sumpter

Information: 523-4812

Vicar The Rev. Aletha Bonebrake 523-6025

www.bakercitychristian.com

ST. BRIGID’S IN THE PINES COMMUNITY CHURCH

Sunday Worship

10 AM Worship Service Children's Church & Nursery 6 PM Youth Group (7-12 Grade) 6:15

Baker City Saturday Mass ............................6:00 pm Sunday Mass ..............................9:30 am Spanish Mass .....................Noon Sunday St. Therese, Halfway .........2 pm Saturday St. Francis Chapel… Tues & Thurs at 7:30 am • Sat 8 pm

Wednesdays

Awana (age 3-6th Grade) (September - April)

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Home Studies

Meet Monday through Friday Pastor Dave Deputy www.bakercalvarybaptist.com Third & Broadway 541-523-3891

Father Robert Greiner, Pastor 541-523-4521 • Corner of First & Church St.

Knights meet 3rd Thursday at 7 pm

Services Saturdays

Church at Study...............9:30 am Worship........................ 11:00 am

Baker Valley Adventist School Grades 1-8 • 523-4165

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stay busy in Baker City 1. Quail Ridge Golf Course 2801Indiana Ave., 541-523-2358; $25 for 9 holes, $35 for 18 holes; www.quailridgegreens.com 2. Geiser Pollman Park Playground, horseshoes, picnic tables, gazebo

3. Leo Adler Memorial Parkway Paved path is more than two miles long one way, and follows Powder River

5. Baker County Library 2400 Resort St., bakerlib.org

4. Elkhorn Lanes Bowling 3335 10th St.

7. Public Tennis Courts Baker Sports Complex 8th & H

6. Historic Eltrym Theater 1809 First St.; www.eltrym.com

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The Mountains are calling

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aker County has two mountain ranges — the Elkhorns to the west and the Wallowas (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. Below 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. Above: Lakes LookoutTrail near Anthony Left: Powder River Interpretive Area 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.

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 ShorelineTrails). ■■ To get there: Head south out of Baker City on Highway 7 toward Sumpter. ■■ Information: For details, use the link below.

Insider Tip: At Anthony Lakes, expect mosquites in the summer. Insider Tip: At Phillips in spring, watch out for ticks - tiny arachnids that cling to clothing and will burrow into skin if not removed. However, spring also means an abundance of wildflowers.

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/hiking/?cid=stelprdb5262893 Maps are available at the Forest Service office, 1550 Dewey Ave. 14

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Exploring on Two Wheels Bicycles are big in Oregon, and the quiet roads on our side of the state appeal to those who want to see the sights at a slower pace (except for those bike racers...) Local Weekday 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.

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Bicycle racing

The Baker City Cycling Classic is held on the last weekend in June.This three-day, four-stage 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 27-29. The last day, Sunday, includes a Gran Fondo for anyone who wants a taste of riding one stage of the race, the 84-mile Tour d'Horn Road Race that heads through Medical Springs, Union and North Powder, then finishes at Anthony Lake Mountain Resort (elevation 7,237). Entry is $80. (Registration for the entire three-day race is $120.)

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Trail Rides

For 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.

Information: www.bakercitycycling.org or search for "Baker City Cycling Classic" on Facebook www.bakercityherald.com


• 1,100 Acres Lift Accessed Terrain • 30km Groomed Nordic Trails • Cat Trips • Yurt Rentals • Full Service Day Lodge • Summer Facility Rentals

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort www.AnthonyLakes.com 541.856.3277

Baker City 541-523-8282 1-800-800-8000 250 Campbell Street Baker City, OR 97814 www.super8.com

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Nampa, Idaho 208-467-2888 • Interstate 84 Exit 35 624 Northside Blvd Nampa, ID 83687 Outdoor Spa • Pets Welcome www.super8.com www.bakercityherald.com

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The TransAmerica Trail An epic bike ride from coast to coast — 4,232 miles

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ach year we meet bicyclists who are traveling from coast to coast. Some are raising money for a cause dear to their hearts, and others are riding it just because they want to see the

country. This 4,232-mile trail goes from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown,Va. It comes across Oregon through the middle of the state, and crosses Baker County by passing

Sumpter, Baker City, Richland, Halfway and Oxbow. Then it heads into Idaho and on to Montana. For descriptions of each segment, visit the website listed below.

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Baker County Veteran Services 1995 3rd Street, Baker County Courthouse 541-523-8223 Jane Clair Chandler, Accredited Veteran Services Officer The Baker County Veteran Services Office provides access to the wide range of benefits and services to veterans and their dependents. Health Care, Education, Compensation & Pension, Burial Benefits & much more. Serving local veterans since 1971

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RV Park

A Friendly Place to Relax Open Year Round! • Low Prices • Gas/Propane • Full Service • Pull Throughs

• Mini Mart • Gift Shop • Laundry • Good Sam Park

(541) 523-3236 42534 N. Cedar Road • Baker City, OR 97814 Highway I-84, West side of Exit 302

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Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America, and it’s only a two-hour drive from Baker City.

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■■ June 16-30 2014: The 13 mile North Pine section of FSR 39 will be closed (detour available) 24 hours a day beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Thursday, at which point it will be open Fridays through Mondays for campers and other visitors. ■■ July 1, 2014 to Oct. 15, 2014: Visitors can expect up to one hour delays on the 13 mile North Pine section of FSR 39. Or, they may choose to use the detour route. ■■ Detour: Forest Service Road 66 will be the detour route that is available during the closure periods and/or delays. FSR 66 begins at the junction of FSR 39 and FSR 66 (also referred to as Duck Creek, Fish Lake Road, Twin Lakes Road, or Clear Creek Road) and continues west then south before connecting with Baker County Road 999, just north of Halfway. The detour route is 30 miles in length and is a well-maintained single-lane gravel road with pullouts. The route is suitable for vehicles with trailers; however it is not recommended for motor homes. If unsure of suitability, please contact the Wallowa Mountains District Office at 541-426-5546. Updates are also available through the “Go Northeast Oregon” app (see page 1 for details).

The entire Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is 218 miles, taking travelers into the far northeastern part of our state.This summer, a section will be under construction and detour route available. If you’d rather not tackle the entire byway, we have some suggestions for a nice day trip to the edge of Baker County (the green line, Pine Valley to Baker Valley). ■■ Richland: This small town offers a gateway to Brownlee Reservoir and two county parks — Hewitt and Holcomb — for camping, fishing and picnicking. Also, just before you enter Richland, look for the “Peaches” sign — these lead you to Eagle Creek Orchard, the county’s only certified organic fruit orchard. ■■ Halfway: The Wallowa Mountains tower over this town and valley, which means you can access hiking and backpacking. If you’re here in September, check out Pine Fest, “the tiniest little music festival in the tiniest little town” (pinefest.org; www.hellscanyonchamber.com/). ■■ Oxbow: A series of dams mean several reservoirs and various camping opportunities. Idaho Power maintains five parks within the Hells Canyon Complex: Woodhead Park, located in Idaho adjacent to Brownlee Reservoir close to Brownlee Dam; McCormick Park, located along the Idaho side of Oxbow Reservoir just below Brownlee Dam; Carters landing, located in Oregon next to Oxbow Reservoir; Copperfield Park, located at the upper end of Hells Canyon reservoir on the Oregon side of the river; and Hells Canyon Park - located on the Idaho side of Hells Canyon Reservoir. No reservations. For information on park availability call 541-7857209. ■■ Jet Boat Tours: Hells Canyon Adventures offers day and overnight trips down Hells Canyon — this is great way to see the canyon up close ... and cool down on sweltering summer days when you go through the rapids. For information, visit the website www.hellscanyonadventures.com. 20

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■■ Closed in winter: The Wallowa Mountain Loop Road and FSR 66 are often closed by snow from late October through late May or early June, and are not passable by automobiles during this time period. Both FSR 66 and FSR 39 are snowmobile routes. For additional information on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, please visit www. fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman.

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Elkhorn Scenic Byway

Anthony Lake

Ditch the crowds and travel on a highway where you might meet another car — or you might not.

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his byway is 106 miles, and can take up to seven hours to complete. Start in Baker City, then either head northwest to Haines or south toward Sumpter. You'll pass through the towns of Haines, Granite and Sumpter. Be sure to head out with a full tank of gas — Sumpter is the only place to fill up on the loop.You can find food in all the towns along the way. Attractions along the way include

During winter, the section between Granite and Anthony Lakes is closed.The entire byway may not be open until late June due to snow.To make sure, call the U.S. Forest Service, 541-523-1205.

■■ 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. ■■ Chinese Walls: walls of rock created by Chinese miners in the early 1900s (north of Granite) ■■ Sumpter Dredge State Heritage Area and Sumpter Valley Railroad: See Page 34 for more information on these two sites. 22

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Miners Jubilee 2014

3rd Weekend in July • 18th, 19th & 20th

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• Park Activities & Vendors • Downtown Events • Bronc & Bull Riding • Mining & Heritage Demonstrations

Pine Valley Lodge in Halfway, Oregon, offers a comfortable home base for your adventure vacation in the Hells Canyon and Eagle Cap Wilderness areas.

“Oregon’s Wilder Side” Our rustic western inn has all the modern amenities with old west flair. It’s a great escape to rest, relax and rejuvenate.

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A different kind of Scenic

If you don't mind gravel roads and a certain sort of isolation, check out the loop drive that goes along the Snake River. ■■ 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. (See route marked in red on the map at right) ■■ Route: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: Ore. 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 in spots, but offers fantastic views of Brownlee Reservoir. 24

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But beware: there are drop offs and no guard rails. ■■ Amenities: Food and gas are available in both Richland and Huntington. There are several campgrounds. ■■ History: Brownlee Dam was completed in 1957, thus creating Brownlee Reservoir. 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 (Huntington's catfish tournament is held every Memorial Day weekend). ■■ Hiking: Summer brings out the rattlesnakes, so be careful if you venture off-road.

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Eastern Oregon Museum HAINES, OREGON

Take a step back in time to the history of Eastern Oregon.

FAMILY FRIENDLY SENIOR ACCESSIBLE I-84, Exit 285 or 304

610 Third • 4 blocks east of Highway 30

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 10th to September 20th, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or by appointment Year round contact, call:

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Ghost Towns Henry Griffin's discovery of gold — Oct. 23, 1861 — in a stream southwest of where Baker City was eventually built, started the region's gold rush.

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y 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 boomand-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. 26

■■ 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-worn wood, on private property. ■■ Clarksville: About a mile and a half south of Auburn Road, Highway 245

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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 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, whose population is about 175. There are a few restaurants, motels and a gas station. www.bakercityherald.com


July 4, 2014 Rodeo begins at 1:30PM July 5th Slack begins at 9AM Evening Rodeo begins at 5:30PM Come show your support in Celebration of our Shriners

Demolition Derby Aug. 9

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Barley Brown’s Brew Pub

Main & Church, Baker City, OR 541.523.4266 • 541.523.BEER(2337) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on inside front cover.

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2001 Washington, Baker City, OR 541.523.1687 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 15

Steaks, Salad Buffet, Hamburgers, Breakfast Served 24/7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open 7 days a week Great Mexican Food Some American Food . . . . . . . . . . . Open 7 Days a week 11a-9p



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1996 Main St., Baker City, OR 541.523.1889 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad inside back cover

Haines Steak House

10 minutes north of Baker City on Hwy. 30 in Haines, OR 541.856.3639 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 29

2013 National IPA Champion Baker City’s award winning micro brewery. Family dining. 70 brewing awards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open for dinner.

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915 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 541.523.6657 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 5

Oregon Trail Restraunt

211 Bridge St., Baker City, OR 541.523.5844 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 7

Rising Sun Palace & Lounge

2425 Oak, Baker City, OR R: 541.523.4222 L: 541.523.6899 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 9

Sumpter Junction

Campbell & Sunridge Ln., Exit 304 I-84 Baker City, OR, 541.523.1687 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .see ad inside front cover

The Sunridge Inn

1 Sunridge Ln., Baker City, OR, I-84 Exit 304 541.523.4495 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 3

Arceo’s Mexican Restaurant

781 Campbell, Baker City 541.523.9000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 37

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Ghost Towns 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. Although it was canceled after its second season, full episodes can be found online at www.syfy.com/ghostmine.

■■ 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. 28

Bourne ■■ 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.

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■■ 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. www.bakercityherald.com


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Go Fish From Powder River inside the city limits to vast reservoirs to high-mountain lakes, Baker County offers something for every angler

Trout ■■ Phillips and Unity reservoirs; Pilcher Creek, Wolf Creek andThief 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

Grande Ronde Lake

Fishing license fees Oregon resident: $33 Non-Oregon resident: $106.25 One day: $16.75 Two days: $31.50 Ages 14-17: $9 Seniors (70+): $15

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 541-963-2138 www.dfw.state.or.us

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BAKER TRUCK CORRAL & RESTAURANT

BAKER CITY'S MOST INTERESTING STORE & RESTAURANT • • • • •

Baker City Gifts Convenience Store ATM • Propane Showers • RV Power RV Dump

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I-84, Exit 304, 515 Campbell Street Baker City Restaurant: 541-523-4318 Store: 541-523-3952

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Going to the Birds Diverse habitat bring a variety of birds to Baker County. Here are some of the more popular viewing spots.

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 toward 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 32

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 go north on Interstate I-84 to the 302 exit, then east on Ore. Highway 86 toward Hells Canyon and the Richland/Halfway area. Travel approximately 30 miles to the “Hole-inthe-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 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 area is situated along the Powder River with riparian hardwoods and upland sagebrush habitats. Love Reservoir ■■ How to get there : From Baker City go

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north on Interstate I-84 to the 302 exit going east on Ore. 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. www.bakercityherald.com


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.

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Take a Train Ride through history The Sumpter Valley Railroad takes you back to a time when trains were king for travel and logging.

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rom Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend you can hear the distinct whistle of the Sumpter Valley Railroad — Oregon's only steam-powered, narrow-gauge engine. Climb aboard and you'll sit in the same seats as people did nearly 100 years ago. The railroad served a dual purpose in the early 1900s — it provided transportation for people, and it hauled lumber to mills. The railroad shut down in the late 1940s, but was revived in 1971 when Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration was established as a nonprofit. Over the years, original engines and cars have returned to the Sumpter Valley, where the steam train once again rides the rails from McEwen Station to Sumpter. The train operates weekends and holidays during the summer, plus special 34

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Since you're close ... Round-trip ares Adults: $17.50 Senior and Military: $15 Child (6-16): $11 Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $50 Special events such as Moonlight Express, Photographers Weekend and Christmas Trains have special rates. Information: 866-894-2268 www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org Also on Facebook

events in the fall and winter. All operations and maintenance are handled by volunteers.

The Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area is a perfect complement to a ride on the SVRR. The dredge preserves the mining history of the area — it sits in a pond and is surrounded by piles of stones that were dug up in the search for gold. In its heyday, the dredge operated 24 hours a day, filling the valley with a constant noise. Today the dredge is silent, and visitors can tour the first floor during the park's season, May to mid-October. The area also features trails that wind through the dredge piles and ponds, gold panning demonstrations during weekends and a gift shop. There are also restrooms on site. Parking is free. For information, go online to the site www.oregonstateparks.org. www.bakercityherald.com


We like History And we give you lots of chances to learn about our pioneer and mining heritage.

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very weekend brings two chances to join a history tour led and narrated by a docent dressed in attire of the 1880s. The Geiser Grand Hotel's "Grand Tour" begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Every weekend of the year. Cost is $2, or free for hotel guests. Those planning to join are asked to RSVP by calling 541-523-1889. As you tour your way through the hotel, you learn about the building's history and how it is interwoven with the town that emerged with the finding of gold, and later the arrival of pioneers who set out to seek a new life out west.

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hile you can't hold the 80.4-ounce hunk of gold, you can certainly look at it — and try to imagine what you'd do if you found it lying in the mud. The nugget, on display at US Bank in Baker City, was found June 19, 1913, by George Armstrong while he was mining near Susanville in Grant County. At nearly five pounds, it is the largest — and most famous — gold nugget found in Oregon. It has been on display at the bank for more than 50 years. The nugget is 87 percent pure. In Armstrong's time, it was worth $25,000. US Bank is on the corner of Washington & Main. Go Explore Baker County

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The Snowy Season The cold and snow doesn't keep us inside — we simply bundle up and go exploring

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. 3

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■■ 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: 541-856-3277; find "Ski Anthony Lakes" on Facebook; visit the website www.anthonylakes.com.

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

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

Jet Boat Adventures & Lodging Fishing Charters • Shuttle Services

Bienvenidos Amigos Family Mexican Restaurants Cocktails, Beer & Wine Large Group Facility

Open 7 Days A Week El Erradero

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Best Western Sunridge Inn

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Bridge Street Inn

134 Bridge St., Baker City, OR 541.523.6571 • 800.932.9220 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 3

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

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680 Crackercreek Rd., Sumpter, OR 541.894.2217

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Continental breakfast, clean & affordable, Queen & King beds, Senior, Commercial & Group Discounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.523.6571 Affordable luxury! Guest suites with breathtaking views, cozy robes, room service, fireplaces, free coffee, movies & more

. . . . . . . .Virtual Tour at geisergrand.com

24 Spaces • Electricity Available Snowmobile Trails, ATV Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.894.2217 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. 25

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. 31

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

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Mt View RV

I-84 Exit 304, 2845 Hughes Ln., Baker City, OR 1.800.806.4824 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 13

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Oregon Trail Motel

211 Bridge St., Baker City, OR 541.523.5844 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 7

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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. 19 163 Main St., Halfway, OR 541.742.2027 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 23

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Oregon Trail with good ole fashioned hospitality.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mtviewrv.com 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 Charm (not charms). We cater to Big Rigs & Groups including outdoor pool & spa. You will experience the



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



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 Hotel

I-84 Exit 304, 250 Campbell St., Baker City, OR 541.523.8282 • 1.800.800.8000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see ad on pg. 17

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Superstart breakfast, guest laundry, microwave and fridge in every room, truck parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.super8.com

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