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Clear Creek Ranch
The Clear Creek Ranch is only 1.2 miles from Interstate 84 and located approximately 12 miles south of Durkee, Oregon. The ranch is located along Dixie Creek. A 1951 home is nestled among the tidy landscaping of rocks, fruit trees and cedar trees. Outside the wood fenced yard is the irrigated pasture and rangeland. This combination provides for favorable livestock grazing. Dixie Creek is approximately 400 feet from the house. The creek runs the full length of the property. If a buyer is looking for additional capacity for livestock, there are two additional ranches available nearby. Both properties can be viewed at www.whitneylandcompany.com
T13S R44E TL 1100
From Baker City travel 36 miles South on Interstate 84. Take Dixie Creek exit and travel 1.2 miles to destination.
Distances to Other Cities:
Huntington – 9 miles
The ranch consists of 174.92 acres of irrigated pasture and rangeland. Dixie creek flows the length of the property and provides for a riparian area. The irrigated meadow consists of 16.5 irrigated acres and is located near the house. The meadow has been used for alfalfa hay and grass hay in the past.
The home construction was initially started in 1951. The three level home, including the basement, is 2,498 sq. ft. The upper floors include 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living room. The basement includes two separate rooms, full kitchen with washer and dryer, canning room, and wood furnace heating room. The basement is a daylight with access to the lower yard. The house is conveniently located near the irrigated field.
A one car garage along with two storage sheds are located next to the house.
Power is supplied to the house through overhead power lines by Idaho Power.
Approximately 16.5 acres of water rights are on the Clear Creek Ranch. The water source originates from a spring located above the ranch. A gravity flow system runs the water down the pipeline to supply the sprinklers for a gravity pressure system. Seller has successfully produced good crops of alfalfa by transporting the water across the fields utilizing hand line sprinklers.
The ranch is leased on an annual basis for livestock grazing. Actual use numbers vary depending on the level of irrigating done on the property along with the number and duration of livestock.
The rangeland is a mix of Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Idaho Fescue, Sandberg Bluegrass, along with a variety of forbs, shrubs and annual grass species.
Perimeter fences are comprised of barbed wire which are typical of the area. Not all of the fences are located on the boundary lines which is typical of areas where the fence is located to minimize maintenance.
This ranch will typically receive cooler weather beginning in October. During the months of December, January, and February, it is typical to have snow on the ground. Snow accumulation varies drastically from year to year. Some years the snow will stay while other years will have very little. Spring typically begins in March and goes until mid May. The summer months of June, July, and August, can see temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s all the way up to the low 100’s. The average annual air temperature for the area is 40 to 60 degrees F. The average frost-free period is 142 to 177 days. The home is located at the lowest elevation of the property which is approximately 2,387 ft. The highest elevation that overlooks the canyon is almost 3000’. The ranch receives 9 -12” of annual precipitation.
2018 Taxes - $824.98
Tax lot 1100 - 550 Farm Use/EFU Improv
Any and all Mineral rights owned by the Seller will transfer.
The ranch has supplied deer hunting opportunities for the family over the years. The ODFW (LOP) Landowner Preference Program provides additional opportunities for obtaining a hunting tag. The ranch is eligible for 2 LOP tags for both deer and elk. Additional rules may apply.
History of County/City:
Until 1861, the land now known as Baker County was an unsettled wilderness, Visited only by Indians and travelers on the Oregon Trail headed for the green valleys of Western Oregon. Then four men searching for the fabled Blue Bucket Mine in the fall of that year spent the night in Griffin Gulch, a minor gulley in the sagebrush-covered hills south of present-day Baker. These early adventurers found gold in the gulch and the rush was on. The town of Auburn was soon established as the first settlement and base for exploration. By about 1870 the richest placers were exhausted, but quartz lodes were discovered and developed, although slowly, and by 1900 were substantially productive in the Cracker Creek, Cornucopia, and Sumpter districts. As placer production decreased, Auburn declined, and Baker became the most important town in the county.
Baker District Mining History:
Production in the Baker district has been chiefly from the placers in Griffin Gulch but this was in the early years and was unrecorded. After 1900 more than half of the gold produced in the district came from lode mines. Production of gold from 1906 through 1959 was 19,825 ounces from lode mines, 10,890 ounces from placers, and 5,437 ounces undifferentiated, a total of 36,152 ounces.
Baker has two satellite colleges where adults can take classes. Baker Technical Institute offers community courses and job training/certification for both students and adults. The Baker Charter School’s is an online accredited public school for grades k-12 with regional centers across the state. The school also has an early college program where students can earn their associates degree upon graduation from college.
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.