Established in 1862, Baker County covers over 3,000 square miles. 16,300 people live in Baker County. The average rainfall for Baker County is 10.6 inches. Baker City, the county seat, is the 17th oldest city in Oregon, incorporated in 1874.
Baker County's history is intertwined with the Oregon Trail, which passes across the heart of the county, and with the history of mining in Oregon. Baker County is the banner gold mining county in Oregon and there is also significant mineral wealth.
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