My cousin, Dustin, and Andy have birthdays about 2 weeks apart, so we decided to celebrate both with a little trip into Oregon. We left early on Friday so we could dawdle and take in the sights along the way, which turned out to be a great idea because when we pulled into Baker City for lunch we discovered they were having a Mining Jubilee celebration in the park, so we stopped to tour the booths, then headed to the Baker Heritage Museum.
For such a little town, this is an amazing museum. There were lots of "rock hounds" in the area, so there are some wonderful rock and mineral exhibits, including:
Andy discovered a pedal-powered scroll saw...
One of my favorite parts was in an exhibit about long-gone mining towns in the area, including Copperfield
These always amaze me:
I thought this was an interesting display:
This is an old printing press:
On the flip side of the size issue:
I took a picture of some early canning equipment
I was delighted to find this:
There was a lot of money in Baker because of mining, but more because they sold stuff to miners than actual mining, so there were very nice things in Baker at the time, and the museum has great displays of them. One of my favorites,
I love all the unique old furniture,
They do some nice displays so you can see what a typical room would have looked like, so we have a parlor
After the museum, we were off to our first night's location, the Working Girl's Hotel in Pendleton, Oregon. It's owned by the folks who operate the wonderful Pendleton Underground Tour, and is just delightful. I had booked the "suite" at the end of the all
Being Pendleton and home of the world famous Pendleton Roundup rodeo, we visited Hamley's, a western store AND restaurant. The boys decided they should perhaps blend,
Since we don't often find restaurants that sell saddles, we decided to dine on their patio
After dinner, we all thought it best to find the facilities here since we were all sharing one bathroom, and I found this
Right next to the hallway with the restrooms, the restaurant/saddle store sports a dungeon,
Finally, we wandered back to the hotel, and had a little birthday celebration in the lounge:
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