Baker City, Oregon Baker City, OR, USA
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Listing Type : City
State or Province : Oregon
Population : 10000
Visitor Centre/Info Address : 490 Campbell St, Baker City, OR 97814
Highway or Route #s : 84, 86
Visitor Info Phone : 541.523.5855
Visitor Info Email : info@visitbaker.com
Official Website : http://www.visitbaker.com/
Transportation : General Aviation Airport
Local Accommodations : Motels, Hotels, B&B

Baker City is a small historic city with a rich history and 100s of preserved historic buildings. It boasts the largest area of 19th-century buildings in western America. Being off the radar of many tourists, visitors can enjoy the character and charm without the crowds that are prevalent in other historic sites that suffer from overtourism.

 

The City began with the establishment of a post office in 1866, going on to become incorporated in 1874. Growth continued with the introduction of the Oregon Short Line Railroad in 1884 and by the turn of the century, Baker City had become the largest city between Salt Lake City and Portland. By this time it was a significant trading center for the surround region.

 

Exploring the Historic District along Main Street and the adjacent blocks is a great way to spend the better part of a day. The entire area is on the National Register of Historic Places and has over 130 historic buildings. Many were built in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

 

Not only will you enjoy the ambience and sense of being in another era when viewing in the interesting architecture, you’ll also be treated to a wide range of interesting shops and restaurants. There are no franchise stores in this part of the city. Every business is unique.

 

Inside the historic Natatorium, built in 1920, you’ll find the Baker Heritage Museum http://www.bakerheritagemuseum.com/. where you can explore 33000 square feet of exhibits covering all the important things that have shaped the region including agriculture, ranching, timber, and mining.

 

On top of Flagstaff hill, 6 miles northeast of town on Route 86 you will find the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. This 23000 square foot facility features dioramas, living history progams and multimedia presentations about the Oregon trail and the challenges faced by early emigrants as they travelled through the region. There’s also a 4 mile network of interpretive trails to explore.

Area Activities and Attractions
Aerial Sightseeing
Art Gallery
Beach
Boating
Botanical Garden
Bowling
Camping
Casino
City Park
Craft Brewery
Cycling
Dancing
Dining
Farmers Market
Fishing
Golf
Hang-gliding
Heritage Building
Hiking
Historic Site
Horseback Riding
Hunting
Ice Rink
Indoor Pool
Lake
Live Music
LIve Theatre
Mini-Golf
Mountain Biking
Mountains
Museum
Nightlife
Ocean
Off-Roading
Outdoor Pool
Paragliding
Picnics
River
Shopping
Sporting Events
Swimming
Theme Park
Viewpoint
Walking
Water Slides
Water Sports
Wilderness Park
Wildlife Viewing
Winery
Winter Sports
Zoo / Wildlife Park
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