For many decades in the 1800s the Oregon Trail led explorers, mountain men and emigrants through Eastern Oregon, with a stop in the Baker Valley for grass, fresh water and local game. In 1861, the discovery of gold brought miners and enterprising souls to the small mining settlements in and around the Baker Valley. Baker City, est. 1874, was the banking and supply center for the mining activity. With the advent of the railroad, the cattle and timber industry also grew, giving Baker City the reputation and name of “Queen City of the Inland Empire.”
Baker City grew to be an opulent and popular city, fueled by wealthy merchants and the bustle of human industry. During this period many magnificent buildings and homes were built, using the best and often imported details and features.
Now 140 years after its establishment, Baker City still has many riches to behold and a remarkable and beautiful downtown. Over 100 buildings in the downtown Historic District are on the National Register.
Many neighborhoods have well-maintained and well-loved homes that are a century or more old. Other homes, built in the early part of the 20th century, are classic American Craftman style homes, replete with overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, interior bungalow features, and are rich in history.
Our featured house at 1743 Madison is a handsome and cozy move-in-ready 1915 bungalow with craftsman features, including a front glassed-in prairie window porch. This well-maintained house is situated next to the Powder River and the Adler Memorial River Pathway and across the street from the historic Geiser-Pollman Park. Such a convenient location! The house is also just a half block from the Baker County Library and the Historic Downtown District. With this well maintained three bedroom, two bath house come these amenities: detached garage, river deck, shop area, veggie garden area, fruit trees, and a greenhouse. Plus the history that only a 100-year-old home can provide. Many updates and improvements include new roof (2005), exterior paint and plumbing. Priced to sell at $99,500! Call Ann Mehaffy, 541 519 0698.