In 1861, Henry Griffin found gold near the Powder River, and the rush was on. Boomtowns like Sumpter, Bourne, and Auburn sprouted overnight. Within 20 years Baker City developed into the commerce and cultural hub of the region. By 1900, elegant hotels, an opera house, trolleys, electricity and telephone service had transformed Baker City into the largest town between Salt Lake City and Portland.
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