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(Six panels dealing with the Baker Valley portion of the Oregon Trail are found beneath this kiosk) Permanent Settlers
In 1861, Henry Griffin, a prospector from California discovered gold eight miles southwest of the present site of Bake…
Here cattlemen loaded herds into boxcars bound for Portland; while cowboys and rustlers haunted saloons.
Railhead warehouses of the 1880's were town down in the 1990's and with salvaged materials the park project began.
With foresight and dedi…
The first cabin known to have been built in Baker Co. in 1861. Moved from it's original site five miles south in 1993. Disassembled and reconstructed to depict the life of the Oregon Trail Pioneers upon settling in the valley.
Donated to the Hai…
After the close of the Sioux and Piute Indian wars the ranchers of Wyoming and Montana, discouraged in their attempts to fatten the Texas longhorn, turned to Oregon for their cattle. During the spring cattlemen and their cowboys arrived daily from…
Bank was established in 1899 with a capital stock of $10,000.00. The first officers were A.P. Goss, President and A.H. Goss, Cashier. The bank was destroyed by fire on August 13, 1917 and the vault is all that remains.
As you drove here, you probably saw long rows of rocks all over the valley. These are tailings - topsoil , riverbed rock, and bedrock, left behind by 40 years of dredging.
Because of the dredges' systematic destruction, the original meadow and b…
As you look at the tailings in an aerial photograph or along the road, you'll see that they're played out in neat lines. Why are they straight? Because the dredge had an "anchor" to keep it going forward in a line, rather than wandering over the l…
John Jett's stonemason's skills are manifest in the inscription carved at the roof level of his building - "J.H. Jett Marble Works, 1901."
The Jett Building was the first in Baker City of volcanic tuff construction. Ten commercial or …
"McCord's Corner" contributed much to Baker City history.
S. (Syrenus) B. McCord was the first mayor of Baker City. City residents elected him to four terms, and he also served several terms as county treasurer.
In 1873, McCord bui…
This building was one of Baker City's first masonry structures when constructed about 1879. Solomon's One Price Clothing House originally occupied the first floor of the north half of the building. By the 1990s, footware had been sold in the build…