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Baker Valley Ranch
Price $ 529,000.00
In 1899, during the Traditional Period of home architecture, an exquisite home was constructed in the Baker Valley. The locals indicate the property is rich in early Baker County history. The property provides a rare look into the past of our settlers building methods and architecture. If scenic mountain views with productive pasture is what you are looking for, this one is right out of a magazine. The property has a hay/livestock barn, several out-buildings, and a cattle working facility. This little ranch has tons of character.
The property is 89 +/- acres with the majority of the property being a beautiful grass pasture which has been used for hay production and livestock grazing. The remainder of the acreage includes a barn lot, some smaller horse pastures, an arena pen, and a livestock handling facility.
Identification of property:
T7S R 38 E Sec 27 Tax lot 500
Distances to other cities:
Main Home: Built in 1899, this Foursquare Style home was very popular during the 1890-1930 period. The antique wood cook stove in the kitchen furnishes a glimpse into the past. The home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms. One of the bedrooms with attached bathroom is unfished as part of a remodel. The primary heat source is an oil furnace that distributes heat through a forced air system. A wood stove is also located in the living room. The exterior has recently been painted and has a newer metal roof.
Livestock/hay Barn: the property has a large pole barn. It currently is used for hay storage as well as other storage uses and at one time was used as a work-horse stable. Because of its age, the barn has wonderful character which can be seen in the interior lumber. The barn needs a little upkeep but is usable.
Outbuildings: Five outbuildings are located at the headquarters. These buildings range in size and condition. They have been used for many different purposes such as stall barns, shop area, and basic storage. One of the barns was made into a "saloon" styled party room and could potentially be a great place for social gatherings. Again, the old weathered lumber has tremendous character and lots of potential.
Livestock handling facility: the ranch does have a livestock handling corral with a lead-up and holding pens. The facility has not been used lately so some basic post, poll and gate maintenance is needed. There is also a large outer shell of a roping arena which was roped in a few years ago. Most recently the arena has been used as a holding pen.
The Baker Valley Ranch has an approximately 80 acre grass pasture which has been used for hay as well as livestock grazing. In years past, depending on seasonal water availability, the ranch has produced approximately 120 tons of hay. Aftermath grazing of livestock has followed the grass harvest.
The majority of the water is supplied by the Olsen Ditch which diverts out of Rock Creek. Irrigation season begins March 1st According to discussion with the water master, the water availability normally lasts into the month of June depending upon the water supply. The property has an 1883 water right. Irrigation is primarily flood through a series of dirt ditches.
Baker County Soil Survey Classifies the soil as a Ladd Loam. This is a deep, well-drained soil located on foot slopes and fans. Average annual precipitation is 12 to 16 inches. Average frost free period is 100 to 120 days. This soil has a prime farmland designation. Ladd soil is well suited to grow hay and pasture grass with few limitations.
Baker County offers numerous options for an avid outdoorsman or adventurer. With public access to National Forrest, BLM, and the wilds of wilderness only minutes away, you will never be bored. The properties large pasture is not only home to deer, but elk too can often be seen easing out of the nearby mountains and grazing in the pasture. You'll find the Elkhorn Mountain Range right out the door of the Baker Valley Ranch with access to thousands of acres of tremendous big game hunting. Old mines and historic towns can be found sporadically spread through this part of the Northwest and make for great road-trip adventures. Also, Oregon's highest base elevation ski resort is just a short drive away and is known for some of the Northwest's lightest and best powder.
Rock Creek Lake Trailhead: 5 miles
History of Baker County:
Baker County was established from part of Wasco County and named after Col. Edward D. Baker, a U.S. Senator from Oregon. A Union officer and close friend of President Lincoln, Colonel Baker was the only member of Congress to die in the Civil War. He was killed at Balls Bluff, Auburn, which no longer exists. Baker City, which was incorporated in 1874, and which is the seventeenth oldest city in Oregon, became county seat in 1868.
A major boost for Baker City's fortunes occurred on August 19, 1884, when the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company arrived in Baker City. The railroad joined the Union Pacific at Huntington, giving Baker City direct rail service to the east and west.
The first mineable mineral was discovered October 23, 1861, by Henry Griffin. That material was a gold nugget and the place was alter named "Griffin Gulch" in honor of the discoverer. In the early spring of 1926 a young man named Lloyd Carter who was working on a highway crew from Haines, saw "smoke" smoke rising from a nearby field. Investigating he found two ill-fated sanitoriums. On July 4, 1926, the geothermally heated pool officially became a popular recreation area, with camping facilities available for some time. Baker County's first school was formed in 1865 and held in the kitchen of a local house. In the early 1970's, the Crossroads Creative and Permoring Arts Center was created when The American Association of University Woman outgrew the small art group's capacity because it became so successful. One night in the year 1862, the miners on Rock Creek and vicinity were awakend by a terrible rumbeling sound. Thinking it was an earthquake they returned to bed, but upon rising the next morning they discovered the peak of Hunt Mountain had slid into Rock Creek. This is known as the Rock Creek Slide. The massive scar is still visible today.
A major boost for Baker City's fortunes occured on August 19,1884, when the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company arrived in Baker City. The railroad joined the Union Pacific at Huntington, giving Baker City direct Rail service to the East and West. The cannon presently in the east lawn of the county courthouse courtyard was believed to be from the Imperial Japanese Army. After a Halloween prank in which the cannon was used to fire buckets of nails, chains and other assorted metel junk into the roof of a nearby church, county authorities sealed the barrell and firing pin to prevent future use of the cannon. The Powder Basin compromises more than 2 million acres, including almost all of Baker County and a small part of Union County. Baker County retains memories of the Chinese who were active here in the gold mining days. The Chinese Association headquarters remained in Baker City until the early 1950's. At the turn of the century, Baker City was known as the "Queen City of the Inland Emplire", and boasted a population of approximately 6700, larger than Spokane or Boise City at the time.
Travis Bloomer, Broker
Blake Knowles, Broker
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