Blue Thread and I are off to Baker City this Friday (September 14) as part of the Crazy 8s Author Tour. We’ll be joining up with seven other Oregon authors at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (2020 Auburn Avenue) at 7:00pm for a wild, slam-dunk, speed-dating, totally raucous good time. Author George Wright put this all together, and Betty’s Books is hosting the event.
Back in Blue Thread days, Baker City was a train ride away from Portland and the center of one of the richest gold mining counties (Baker County) in the Northwest. About 18,000 people lived in the entire county of 3,089 sq. miles that borders on Idaho. Doing the math, that’s about 5.8 people per square mile! Now about 16,000 people live in the county (including 9,000 or so living in Baker City). Bus service has replaced the train, and the tourist industry is key to the economy. Bordered by the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains, the country around Baker City is gorgeous!
I don’t know what Baker City men think of women voting these days, but I can tell you that 1,519 men from Baker County (including Baker City) weren’t keen on the idea on November 5, 1912. They voted NO on the equal suffrage amendment to the Oregon Constitution. How many Baker County men voted YES? Did Baker County come out on the pro-suffrage side? I’ll post the results on November 5, 2012, a century later.