This Gallery is from far eastern
Baker County. Pioneers entered Baker County at
Historic Farewell Bend.
It was the last camp on their weary journey across the Snake River
Plains. They must have been sad to leave sights like the
Snake River Reflections to head overland to the Columbia.
But some stayed in this idyllic place, building
Homesteads on the Old Oregon
Trail Highway and a
Train track aside
the Snake River. A taste of the
Wild Snake River encountered
by settlers can still be had by visiting nearby Hell’s Canyon.
Today the Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center explains the plight of the pioneer
with it’s life size diaramas and
Covered Wagon displays.
Any season is the right season to visit Baker County. In the summer, fish Anthony Lake at 7150 feet...the Elkhorn Ridge summit of the Blue Mts. In winter, pass over the North Fork of the Burnt River, mindful of Winter Frost on Teasel and Frosty Mullein nearby. Or seek Reflections on the Powder River...wild yet soft & golden. This Powder River is nature’s gift to Baker County. It serves as a backdrop to the nearby Wallowa Mountains in Frozen Pond 203 as well as in Peniplane (Meander) of the Powder River. Alfalfa Keating to Quartz drinks from the Powder River as does Hole in the Wall...a cluster of ranches in Sharp canyons. In 1984 a landslide on the only road into the area trapped residents till a new road could be built!! Difficult times are not only for the pioneer days!
A stop at Sumpter Dredge is a must; one sees acre after acre of gold mining remnants...the tailings (rejected rubble) from this huge gold Dredge. Gold mining was on everyone’s mind in the early 1900’s. It brought electricity to this rural area (first to run the dredge...later for the farms) AND gold nuggets so big they still are on display in the US bank in Baker City!
Baker City is replete with everlasting Clock towers. They were the rage at the turn of the century and still dress the skyline. Baker County residents think ahead!
Paul and Marilyn Peck
Strength in Perspective
All Rights Reserved
Last Updated 2-16-2017