Haines Oregon Real Estate
Haines, Oregon is about 11 miles northwest of Baker City. It was founded by Israel David Haines, a pioneer lawyer, legislator, soldier merchant and farmer, who was born in Xenia, Ohio. Haines owned 1,200 acres of farmland in the immediate vicinity in 1884 when the after Transcontinental Railroad was completed. The telegraph line reached Haines in 1877. The Oregon Navigation & Railroad Company constructed a small loading platform and railroad depot building. A thriving town grew around the depot and the Haines area became a major supplier of mining, timber, and agriculture products for the Portland markets. The post office was also established in November, 1884 with Florence A. Dorsett as the first postmistress The town of Haines has been called The Biggest Little City in Oregon.
In 1878 the one and only Indian uprising in Baker Valley occurred near Haines. According to Mrs. Joseph Ensminger, "The Indians were angered by the steady settling of the whites and became anxious to retaliate. It was customary at the time for several families to stay at one home during the nights while the men took turns standing guard. One night, a horseman dashed up to the house with the cry, 'The Indians are coming' After hasty preparations, we huddled in wagons and started for Baker City. The children were small and the men rode ahead as a guard. I sat in the bottom of a dead-axle wagon with a rifle across my lap, watching the Indian signals flare up from different parts of the mountains. We arrived in Baker City the next morning, but, My, My, what a night."
The first school house was a two room building built in 1886. Miss Mary Burke was the teacher. In 1900, a new building was erected.
The telephone exchange started in the Haines Mercantile Company building and was then sold in 1909
Haines is home of the Eastern Oregon Museum which contains over 10,000 nostalgic artifacts, including a one-room school house, house wares and antique dolls. Haines also celebrates each 4th of July with a parade and rodeo.
A truly small town, Haines is close enough to Baker City to make family living delightful. The weather is moderate, with some snow in the winter, and warm summer weather. Basically a farming community, Haines offers small town values and good living. Close by are the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, the Hells Canyon Recreation Area, and Anthony Lakes Ski Resort.
Real estate in Haines offers lots of opportunities. There are homes available, some dating back to the 1920s. But the real opportunity in Haines is land. Close to town you'll find lots, both for homes and for commercial development. As you move out, you'll find multi-acre parcels ready for your dream home. There are also large parcels that are ripe for development. Such development might include farms, recreational properties with hunting and fishing, campgrounds or even subdivisions.
Today the town of Haines is well known for the Haines Steak House and the Museum. People travel from all parts of Northeast Oregon to visit these attractions. The town has a population of about 426 people, 183 households, and 127 families residing in the city. Haines is also the gateway to Anthony Ski area and to the Elk Horn Mountains.
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