Baker City Oregon History Trail
This tour is a work in progress
University of Oregon art professor Avard Fairbanks sculpted this covered wagon scene in 1924. This work was inspired by Ezra Meeker’s journey retracing the Oregon Trail in 1906. Fairbanks’ depiction was influenced by popular culture as much as historical reality.
This historic home was built in 1890 offers a fine example of the Italianate style of architecture and is home to a museum that preserves the history of the family of Leo Adler (1895-1993), a publisher who lived in the home for 94 years. Adler was a self-made millionaire who earned his fortune by selling magazines and newspapers. The house is a fine example of Italianate architecture and features a pair of two-story window bays, a small gable roof over the main entrance, and decorative brackets supporting the roof eaves. The house has been restored and visitors can take guided tours. It is a contributing property of the Baker Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is operated by the Baker Heritage Museum.
Housed in the historic Baker Municipal Natatorium, the Baker Heritage Museum explores the history of the county from the 1860s to the 1960s. The exhibits cover topics such as the local Chinese culture, wildlife, local industries, and Native American culture. The building itself was erected in 1921, becoming the city's first major public park facility constructed after World War I. Here, residents learned how to swim in the olympic-size pool and participated in other activities. As such, the natatorium became an important recreation hub for the city.