I am one who loves to learn about history and this is neat! The Sumpter Valley Train was used in the late 1800's to transport Lumber and eventually used for passenger and freight transporting as well. Baker City was booming because of the lumber industry. This train was what kept the city alive, unlike all the nearby ghost towns that surround. Now the original track is about 5 miles long and used mainly as passenger transportation with a steam locomotive. For one who loves history and viewing beautiful scenic views this is a fun experience. The ride is a bit long, about an hour. The last time I went, I made a days worth of education and experience out of it. I took my daughter on the ride which all children love, then we stopped by the Sumpter Gold Dredge and finished off in Baker City at the Sumpter Junction Restaurant. Which is also neat with a small locomotive circling the whole restaurant. It was a great day of learning and bonding.
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