Baker City, Oregon

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Baker City is a city in and the county seat of Baker County, Oregon, United States.[4] This city was named after its county.[citation needed] The population was 9,860 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 10,140 in 2008.[5]


19th/20th-century history

Platted in 1865,[1] Baker City grew slowly in the beginning.[6] A post office was established on March 27, 1866, but Baker City was not incorporated until 1874.[1] The city[1] and county were named in honor of U.S. Senator Edward D. Baker, the only sitting senator to be killed in a military engagement.[7]

The Oregon Short Line Railroad came to Baker City in 1884, prompting growth; by 1900 it was the largest city between Salt Lake City and Portland and a trading center for a broad region.[1] In 1911 the city dropped "City" from its name, but restored it in the late 1980s in recognition of its history and to further encourage tourism.

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