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Old 10-10-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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This past weekend my wife and I took a trip to Baker City, Baker City is where my family comes from. My grand father moved to Baker City around 1916 and married my grand mother in Baker City in 1919. Anyways, we went over to visit my cousin, the trip from Medford was nice, up hwy 62 to hwy 230 to 138 and over to hwy 97. It's been a few years since I've driven that route, my god has Bend changed, it's 80K population!!!!! When I was born in Bend in 1950 the town was about 12K and only about 10 years ago it was 35K. We took hwy 126 to Prinville then hwy 26 East, man what an awesome drive. Throught the Ochoco Mts into the small town of Mitchel, now if you've never stopped in Mitchell your missing something. It a small town of about 150 residence, the town doesn't look like it has changed much in the last 100 years and thats what makes it interesting. So we pressed on to Dayville, Mt. Vernon and John Day, you know, all these town are worth stopping at, the people you meet the things you see and experience are trully Eastern Oregon. There is a small cafe in Prairie City that serves an awesome steak and cheese sandwich, the view of the Aldrich Mts and Strawberry Peak with its dusting of snow was nothing by eye candy. Then it was up hwy 7 through the Blue Mts, this route is a must travel, the views are breath taking and you get to see the thriving town of Whitney, which is a ghost town, sorta, I think there about 3 people living there, but most of the buildings are still there. Continuing on hwy 7 you can turn off at the Sumpter junction and visit the old gold mining town of Sumpter. We arrived in Baker City, I must say that not much has changed there since my visits there as a little kid, just the cars are newer and there are more gas stations.
It was a great drive, if you've thought about visiting Eastern Oregon, I'd suggest staying off the interstate and take the back roads, you'll enjoy the trip.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Throught the Ochoco Mts into the small town of Mitchel, now if you've never stopped in Mitchell your missing something. It a small town of about 150 residence, the town doesn't look like it has changed much in the last 100 years and thats what makes it interesting.
There is an aerial photo of the town taken about 1950 inside the Wheeler County Trading Co. Store on Main Street that shows the town was much bigger back then. There are several huge buildings up on the hill south of town. Google Maps shows that the school, and quite a few houses are still up there.

I love that area, and have driven that exact same route you did many times. Lots of good ghost towns near Mitchell such as Waldron and Richmond. And the Painted Hills are always fun to look at.

Did you happen to notice if the shoe tree is there on 26? There were rumors of cleaning it up a couple of years ago, but I don't know if they were true or not.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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There is an aerial photo of the town taken about 1950 inside the Wheeler County Trading Co. Store on Main Street that shows the town was much bigger back then. There are several huge buildings up on the hill south of town. Google Maps shows that the school, and quite a few houses are still up there.

I love that area, and have driven that exact same route you did many times. Lots of good ghost towns near Mitchell such as Waldron and Richmond. And the Painted Hills are always fun to look at.

Did you happen to notice if the shoe tree is there on 26? There were rumors of cleaning it up a couple of years ago, but I don't know if they were true or not.

The shoe tree is still there.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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I drove over to the Strawberry Mountains about a month ago from Bend for the first time and I loved it! We had a great time hiking and couldn't believe we were in Eastern Oregon. I'm hoping to make the trip up to the Wallowa's sometime in the near future. I've only driven through Baker City via I-84 back around 1998 when we first drove out to Oregon and the PNW to visit family. I'd love to take the back roads up that direction again.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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I've done a bit of fishin' at Prineville Res.

Some Record size have been caught at Wallowa Lake.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I've done a bit of fishin' at Prineville Res.

Some Record size have been caught at Wallowa Lake.
If you're lucky you might see the Wallowa Lake Monster: http://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2009/10/wally-wallowa-lake-creature.htmlp (broken link)
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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If you're lucky you might see the Wallowa Lake Monster: http://cryptozoo-oscity.blogspot.com/2009/10/wally-wallowa-lake-creature.htmlp (broken link)
duh, bro, it says page not found.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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duh, bro, it says page not found.
cryptozoo-oscity: Wally the Wallowa Lake Creature.
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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I always love my drives east. The Wallowas, the Elkhorns, Strawberry, Ocochos, all are beautiful mountain ranges with each their own special feature. I like the gold over there too.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Isn't Bend crazy? But then again, so is Medford! We moved from there to here (Pendleton), via Michigan LOL. We really like Eastern Oregon a lot, but keep that quiet!!! Baker City is such a neat town. They all are out here, probably because so much of the history remains and hasn't been swallowed up by a huge sprawl!

We camped at Olive Lake recently and I got to see Granite and all of those little places. The Elkhorns and Wallowas are such incredibly beautiful mountains!!! But shhhhh.....
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