Baker County Fairgrounds
Our next few stops will just be a few days in each place and a couple hours drive apart. We chose Baker City because it was convenient and on the way. It turned out to be a great town. Baker City was named after Edward D. Baker, the only U.S. Senator ever killed in military combat. With a population just under 10K, it has a large, lively downtown.
We had high hopes of scoring some great local meats, but it turned out to be just a small market and bait shop. It did have beautiful murals of the town and some sculptures painted on it though.
We stayed at the county fairgrounds. Small and clean with just 5 sites with W/E. The water had just been turned off for the season. $10 dry or $25 with W/E. No dump station but there is one nearby.Interpretive Center for the Oregon Trail that you cold spend a few hours in. Many interactive exhibits and movies. It sits up high on a hill overlooking the plains.
If it were a clearer day you'd get a fantastic view of the plains below.
Just down the road is this nice memorial.
We took a visit to the local brewery, Baker Brown Tap House.
We took a nice walk around town on a brisk fall afternoon when we came upon this unusual sculpture. Even more interesting was the name of the sculpture.
The 1929 Art Deco Baker City Tower (above) is Oregon’s tallest building east of the Cascade Mountain Range, and the Geiser Grand Hotel (below), a three-story Victorian jewel that features the third elevator built west of the Mississippi. It opened in 1889.
These painted rocks are really popular. Here are a few that visitors bring in for them to keep.