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Old 02-17-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Saratoga County, New York 12833
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I am 60 years old now and would like to move West. What is Enterprise, OR like? I live in Greenfield Center, New York 12833

Thank you,

Joe Dirt



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Old 02-17-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I have not been to Enterprise in nearly a decade for whatever reason, but I have a hard time imagining much has changed.

It was originally a company town built to serve gold miners and other Gold Towns in the area. Most of those towns no longer exist other then as ghost towns and names on a map. The town has been able to reinvent itself as a gateway to the tourism of the Wallowa Lake and Mountains, sort of like Bend, but not as big. So there are several touristy things to do, like watching bronze casters or partaking at brew pubs. It also still serves a lot of local farmers for their basic needs, so expect to see beat up pickup trucks with dogs in the back parked next to nicer sedans.

There is a hospital in town, and LaGrande is 65 miles away if you need more services. Unfortunately jobs are going to be limited or highly seasonal although it sounds like you don't care about that too much.

The entire part of Oregon is going to lean Conservative, but at least it's not the type of Conservative that seems to be pervading certain political parties. It tends to be a bit more open minded and pragmatic. "As long as you're not hurting my job or making me pay more for frivolous things, I don't really care." This is more due to people simply trying to make ends meet, they don't have time to look at the big picture if it doesn't affect them.

Winters can be a bit harsh due to cold, but not a lot of snow fall as it's pretty protected by the mountains and there isn't a lot of rain. But Summer is shorter, there can be traces of snow in June.

It's in one of the most gorgeous parts of Oregon in my opinion, the view from the top of the Wallowa Tramway is awesome. There is also a large amount of wildlife, especially birds if you're into that. Along with miles and miles of hiking trails.

The Nez Pierce Indians lived there originally, so there are a lot of Native stories floating around. Big Foot and a lake monster type object have been both spotted in the area repeatedly. Locals call Wallowa Lake "Nessies' Summer Home"

From what I've heard, Enterprise has been able to avoid a lot of the drug problems other small Oregon towns tend to collect.

As a retirement prospect, it'd be a bit cold in the Winter for my tastes, which would lead to a bit of boredom when not able to be outdoors. I think the Summer months would do a good job in making up for that though.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Enterprise is a small town in Wallowa county in an area of Oregon with distinct characteristics. Knowing about the area might be as important as knowing about Enterprise.

Population density is very low – Wallowa county has about 7000 people. Not everybody is comfortable with this.

Other than tourism, the main occupation is agricultural, mostly ranching and growing of hay. The scenery is dominated by mountains and national forests.

These two scenic byways go through the heart of this area:

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway - Travel Oregon

Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway - Travel Oregon

If you come to visit you should drive these two routes.

More about the area here:

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest - Home

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest- Recreation
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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It is a fairly remote town. The feel of the town is peaceful, quiet, and an easy place to relax. It is the county seat, and has a small municipal force and sheriff's office. There is a hospital in the town as well. The town has basic grocery store needs, and a Safeway grocery store at the west end of town. There are not big chain stores in the town, and the nearest are in La Grande, to the west.


Enterprise, OR. Photo Credit: Flickr: Oregon State Downtowns (OSD) (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1490292@N23/ - broken link)

As shown in the picture above, it is rural. Might be a good fit if you like small towns and a quieter time. Not much else to do here. There is recreation around the town, and lots of nature from the nearby Blue Mountains, as well as forests. The Wallowa National Forest has some nice areas for people to explore as well.

Best of luck.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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Terrific place. A bit conservative, so don't expect to change the people. Other than that it is one of most scenic places in the interior northwest, and relatively unspoiled.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Saratoga County, New York 12833
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With the EPA just about grinding everything to a halt, including our livelihoods, does anyone know the ordinance on WoodStove Burning in the Enterprise area? I gotta burn wood for heat. Radiant is the best.

Drill, Baby, Drill

NWbyNW--Nice Picture
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Saratoga County, New York 12833
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Default We Must Never Forget!!

Wherever We Live--We Must Never Forget!!!--But I Love Enterprise, OR


Remember The Blood Of Heroes...
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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some biggun koke caught...

Wallowa Lake yielding monster fish with new unofficial world-record kokanee | OregonLive.com
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