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About the Burnt River Area

"The Community of Burnt River is actually a number of places in the Upper Burnt River Valley considered together as one." "Today, some only exist in memory." The settlements, towns and communities included in this area are Clarksville, Malheur City, Eldorado City, Amelia City, Bridgeport, Holden Station, Hereford, Audrey, Whitney, Clifford and Unity.


The north boundary of the Burnt River Heritage Center follows Highway 7 and the Skyline road.  The east boundary is Clarks Creek, the west boundary is the West Baker County line, the south boundary is the South Baker County line.

About Us

The Burnt River Heritage Center was formed to provide a public service organization for the community and is entrusted with preservation of the history of this area. The Burnt River Heritage Center will work cooperatively and in a cost effective way to gather, preserve and share the history of Upper Burnt River.  It will benefit all the people who live in this area as well as people traveling through.

The members of the history committee collected historical information, documents, and photos for over 7 years with a group of about 30 people actively concentrating on this effort. Interviews were conducted with people in the Burnt River Valley and with families and acquaintances of people who have lived there. Many dates and locations have been researched, dispelling some of the myths that have perpetuated over time. All of this has been done in order to publish a history book that we all could benefit from and be proud of. That has now been accomplished with our "Lest We Forget" publication.

Our Mission

A. To coordinate with the people of Burnt River and other communities to gather together information pertinent to the history of this area.
B. To map and maintain a history of the graves in the Unity Cemetery and in the cemeteries located throughout the Burnt River Valley.
C. To curate artifacts and to eventually construct and maintain a museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the lives of the people and events that make up the history of Burnt River.
D. To educate the public about the history of the Burnt River region.
E. To provide grants and scholarships for educational projects which will enhance the understanding of  Oregon history, and of the history of the Burnt River Valley.



Contact Us

 Burnt River Heritage Center, Inc.

23213 Highway 245

Hereford, OR 97837


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