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Bowman Development & Farm Property

Milton-Freewater, Oregon


Bowman Development & Farm Property at Whitney Land Company

Price  $ 799,000.00

Property Overview:

The Bowman Development & Farm property is located at the city border of Milton-Freewater, OR and has 280 +/- Deeded acres. An approximate 100 +/- acres are potential development ground that is within the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB). Development or city expansion has expanded on an adjacent property where Sykes Call Center and Dunning Irrigation have been developed along Hwy 11. The subject property can be seen from Hwy 11, which is a major highway between Walla Walla, WA to Pendleton, OR. The property has been designated for future residential development or multi-use. Currently the property is being leased annually and farmed providing the owner with a return on investment.

Identification of Subject Property:

Umatilla County

5N3500-00-01900 – 280 Acres


The Bowman Development & Farm property is located south of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, at city limits. The parcel starts at the junction of South Main Street and Basket Mountain Road and continues south along Basket Mountain Road.


The property can be accessed from Highway 11 onto Sykes Blvd continuing on South Main Street Road and then turn south onto Basket Mountain Road. Other access is provided from town using South Main Street Road.

Distances to Other Cities:

Walla Walla, WA – 16± Miles
Pendleton, OR – 35± Miles
Spokane, WA – 189± Miles
Portland, OR – 243± Miles
Seattle, WA – 275± Miles

Potential Development:

An approximate 100 +/- acres are potential development ground that is within the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB). Development or city expansion has expanded on an adjacent property where Sykes Call Center and Dunning Irrigation have been developed along Hwy 11. The subject property can be seen from Hwy 11, which is a major highway between Walla Walla, WA to Pendleton, OR. The property has been designated for future residential development or multi-use. Buyer to confirm all potential development information with county within their due diligence period when making an offer.

Production Acreage:

Currently the property has a total of 250.81+/- crop acres according to the Farm Service Agency 156EZ forms. The farm uses a wheat/chemical fallow rotation and implements a direct seed farming technique to hedge against soil erosion. This technique has allowed historic yields to be maintained at a near 80-bushels per acre average according to the owner. The property is currently seeded for the 2019 harvest year. Dry peas, green peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, and canola all have been historically used as rotation crops.


Utilities are at the border of the property. The City water tank is located near the property and the Seller has indicted that it would be able to supply approximately 40lbs of water pressure to each site of the development ground within the UGB. Buyer to do their due diligence and confirm with the county.


The property is zoned F-1 


The F-1 Exclusive Farm Zone is designed to maintain the agricultural economy of the county by reserving farmland for exclusive agricultural use. It is directly related to certain tax provisions in Oregon Statutes and has been taken from ORS 215.203 and 215.213.

Topography, Elevation, Growing Season and Rainfall:

The property transitions from level to rolling hill topography. The elevation of the property is approximately 1,400 feet. The growing season or average frost-free period is about 135-170 days annually. The average rainfall is approximately 15”- 26” per annum.

Further detailed weather information for Milton-Freewater, Oregon, is available from the National Weather Service website back to 2011.

2017 Taxes:

The Bowman Development & Farm Property:



Total Deeded: 280.00+/- Acres
Approximate within UGB: 100+/- Acres
Total FSA Cropland: 250.81+/- Acres
Total Range/Scab: 29.19+/- Acres

Potential Opportunities of Additional Revenue:

Wine: The farmland is in an excellent wine growing area. However, a purchaser would have to secure a water source. Currently there are no water rights associated with this property.

Town of Milton-Freewater:

Milton and Freewater began as two separate cities. The area is rich in history and a short account of the beginning of the two towns and development is described below.
In 1872, W. S. Frazier laid off a town site on part of the Frazier property, gave a man by the name of Woodward 1½ acres on the west side of Main Street as a site for a hotel, and sold John Miller 15 acres and a water right for $125 to build a grist mill. The mill machinery contained three runs of stone burrs. In 1873 M.V. Wormington built the first residence in the platted area. By general community consent, the town name of Milton was selected in an application for a post office. Milton was on its way to a rather enviable reputation of conservative social life, especially regarding spiritual affairs, sobriety and a high standard of education.
Horticulture was one of the profitable enterprises of the first settlers. From the beginning, the product found a ready and profitable market. A long growing season, combined with ample water and fertile soil made a production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables easy. William S. Frazier planted a large part of his acreage to tree fruits and berries.
By 1882 Milton had a population of 400 and boasted two general stores, two drug stores, one variety store, one millinery store, a hotel, a restaurant, three saloons, three livery and feed stables, one undertaker’s shop, and many more shops. It also had a flour mill, a planer, chop, and shingle mill, a hall, a flume, a railroad station, school house, two churches, post office and express office. In 1886 the town Board of Trustees established a city government and incorporated under the name of Milton City.
The establishment of Freewater is credited to a group of men who in 1889, dissatisfied with the way things were going in Milton--one main reason being the prohibition of sales of alcoholic beverages--decided to start a sister town. The late H. H. Hanson, a Touchet farmer, was one of the “dozen-odd” people who met shortly before the turn of the century to name Freewater. “I went to Milton in 1889”, said Hanson in an interview shortly before his death, “…as the depot agent for the Northern Pacific railroad, and by that time ‘Freewater’ had had its start.” A man named Mahana – “a visionary sort of man who wanted to do big things” – had laid out a town site north of the depot when Hanson arrived.
After operating separate cities for so many years, and growing closer together over the course of those years, servicemen returning from World War II resolved to do something about a possible merger, which had been a topic of conversation for a long time. J.T. Monahan was elected chairman of the newly formed Consolidation Club. Achieving consolidation was no easy matter as feelings still ran high with many persons, and the committee worked very hard to encourage the merger. Under state law, the majority of voters in each of the two communities had to favor consolidation. In November 1950 the election was held and a new city was born. The votes cast were: Freewater - 240 for consolidation, 204 against; Milton - 464 for consolidation, 167 against. The communities became the City of Milton-Freewater, ending a duplication of governmental services in the two adjoining communities extending over a period of 61 years. J.L. Yantis was elected the first Mayor of Milton-Freewater.

Umatilla County:

Umatilla County was created on September 27, 1862, out of a portion of Wasco County. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning “rippling water” or “water rippling over sand” and has provided the name both for the county and its major river. Lewis and Clark and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail passed through the area. The gold rush of 1862 brought miners and stock raisers to the mountains and grasslands of Umatilla County. The county expanded after the coming of the railroad in 1881 and the area was open to the development of dry land wheat farming. The fertile land of Umatilla County gives a strongly agricultural base to the county’s economy. Fruit, grain, timber, cattle, and sheep are important agricultural products. Recreation, primarily in the Blue Mountains, and tourism, most notably for the annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, are also important to the local economy.



 Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Jim Whitney, CCIM, Broker

Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing.  A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.

All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.