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.
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"
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
D. To educate the public about the history of the Burnt
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