Pleasant Valley, Baker County, Oregon
Pleasant Valley is an unincorporated community in Baker County, Oregon, United States. It is located about 13 miles southeast of Baker City on U.S. Route 30, slightly bypassed by Interstate 84.
Pleasant Valley was a way station on the Place Toll Road in 1865, and later a freight station on the railroad in 1884. Early Oregon Trail settlers farmed in the area. Pleasant Valley post office was established in 1868 and only operated for two months. An office with the same name was established in 1890 and closed in 1962. According to the authors of Oregon Geographic Names, the community later consisted only of a motel and a Union Pacific Railroad station. By 2001, the motel had been converted into a residence.
The Pleasant Valley area is the home of several stone quarries that supplied the tuff stone commonly used for building material in Baker City. At one time Pleasant Valley was a community with enough population and settled arable land surrounding it to warrant a school district. School District #12 was organized by superintendent W. F. Payton in 1874, with a two-room school house serving grades 1 through 8. The district added classes for high-school-age students for a few years before consolidating with the Baker City school district in 1949. The third and last schoolhouse was constructed of the nearby native stone and was later converted to a residence. In 1900, the community had a Christian Church congregation. Today the community proper is considered a ghost town, however the USGS lists it as a populated place.
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- "Historic Towns". Baker County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956.
- Collins, Chris (April 11, 2001). "Meth lab busted in Pleasant Valley". Baker City Herald. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- "Historic Baker City, Baker County, Oregon". Oregon American History and Genealogy Project. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- "Baker County, Oregon". Pioneer History to About 1900, Churches of Christ & Christian Churches in the Pacific Northwest. Northwest College of the Bible. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- Image of former Pleasant Valley Motel from Picasa
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