Facts and History
Established: September 22, 1862
Land Area (square miles): 3,068.12
Average Temperatures: January 34 degrees, July 85 degrees
Annual Precipitation: 10.63''
Real Market Value: $1,354,508,658
Interesting Facts of Baker County
The first mineable mineral was discovered October 23, 1861, by Henry Griffin. That material was a gold nugget and the place was alter named "Griffin Gulch" in honor of the discoverer.
In the early spring of 1926 a young man named Lloyd Carter who was working on a highway crew from Haines, saw "smoke" smoke rising from a nearby field. Investigating he found two ill-fated sanitoriums. On July 4, 1926, the geothermally heated pool officially became a popular recreation area, with camping facilities available for some time.
Courtesy of The History of Baker County Published by Baker County Historical Society