Baker City Journals

Along The Oregon Trail to Vancouver

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A September 2004 trip to Baker City by Wildcat Dianne

Main Street-Baker City, Oregon Photo, Baker City, Oregon More Photos
Quote: On the way to the Igougo get-together in Vancouver, BC, I stopped in Baker City, Oregon, a small city in eastern Oregon that was once the social center of the Oregon Trail in the 19th century.

Along The Oregon Trail to Vancouver

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Overview

Main Street-Baker City, Oregon Photo, Baker City, Oregon
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Baker City, Oregon, is located only 120 miles from my home in Meridian, Idaho. So, I decided to give myself a decent start on the first leg of my trip to Vancouver by stopping at this historical center of eastern Oregon. Baker City earned its charter in 1870. By 1874, Baker City had established itself as the social center of the Oregon Trail and support center for the surrounding mining towns. Baker City once claimed to have the largest population in the Oregon, but today, it is a sleepy little town with a newly restored city center. Gone are the whorehouses, saloons, and ...Read More

Super 8 Motel

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Hotel

Super 8 Motel Photo, Baker City, Oregon
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After I had a quick lunch break in Pendelton, Oregon, I jumped back onto Interstate 82 on the way to my first night's stop in Kennewick, Washington. A milage sign appeared shortly after I got onto the interstate, and I was shocked that I only had 30 miles to go before Kennewick. I arrived at the Super 8 in Kennewick at 1pm pacific time. I was about an hour early before check-in time, and I thought I would check in and go browsing in the stores nearby until my room was ready. Upon entering the hotel lobby, I was greeted very nicely by the manager and a clerk. I told them I was early for check-in, but thought I could just browse while waiting for my room. To my pleasure, the rooms on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2004

Super 8 Motel
660 Colorado Street
Baker City, Oregon

Baker City Tower

Attraction | "The Baker City Tower"

Baker City Tower Photo, Baker City, Oregon
Quote:
As I arrived in Baker City, Oregon on a chilly and cloudy September morning, I was greeted by the Baker City Tower. The Baker City Tower reminded me of some of the buildings located in the eastern U.S. Located on the corner of Main and First Streets, the Baker City Tower has been a fixture of the town since the early 20th century. The Baker City Tower is the tallest building in town. It hosts many offices and businesses in the Baker City area. Like most of Baker City's sights and buildings, it went through a period of decay and depression. In 1977, an architecture student discovered this historical gem and worked to get Baker City preserved to its heyday. The Baker City Tower is still unde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2004

Baker City Tower
1655 Main St.
Baker City, Oregon

Geiser Hotel

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Attraction | "Teddy Roosevelt Slept Here: The Geiser Hotel"

Geiser Hotel Photo, Baker City, Oregon
Quote:
Strolling along Main Street, Baker City, I stumbled upon the Geiser Hotel and Saloon. A group of elderly tourists were coming out and boarding their tour bus after possibly having breakfast there or just looking inside. I looked inside the hotel from a window, and I decided to check it out. When I entered the hotel, I was politely greeted from the concierge desk by a young woman. I asked her if it was OK to browse around, and she said "yes." I didn't stay very long because this is still a place of business, and I didn't want to disturb anyone having breakfast in the restaurant in the main reception area. The Geiser Hotel and Saloon was completed in 1889 and was the center of the Ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2004

Geiser Hotel
1996 Main St
Baker City, Oregon 97814
(541) 523-1889

Baker City Tower

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Attraction | "The Baker City Hall"

Baker City Tower Photo, Baker City, Oregon
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After touring the Geiser Hotel and Saloon, I crossed the street at the intersection and made my way over to First Street, where the Baker City Hall is located. The Baker City Hall was completed in 1873 and was and still is the center of Baker City administrative and legal business. Built in the neo-Renaissance style of architecture, it has under gone numerous renovations to retain its glory from a bygone era. As I got closer to the City Hall, a very nice man who worked for the city greeted my as I began to shoot some pictures. I told him I was from Idaho and interested in seeing Baker City and was surprised by the chilly weather. He said it was a relief from the heat of the summer a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2004

Baker City Tower
1655 Main St.
Baker City, Oregon

About the Writer

Wildcat Dianne

Wildcat Dianne
Milton, Florida