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Record 554/2197
Date: 1920-1930
Welcome Arch, erected at 10th & D June 20, 1920. This is a copy of an original photo at the Geology Dept. office in Baker City. A contemporary unknown author wrote the following description and history of the arch (modified here somewhat): The Welcome Arch is 26 feet high. Fine structure adorns the western entrance to City of Baker. The arch was proposed by Walter Meacham. It was erected by the Chamber of Commerce on north 10th and D streets. The native rock piers are 22 ft. apart, 16 ft. high, 6 ft. square at the bottom, 4 ft. square at the top. The arch is built of wood and extends 10 ft. above the rock piers making a total height of 26 ft. It is painted gray. Above the roadway on the north side are these words: "Baker welcomes you; enter without knocking, and depart like-wise." On the south side is this inscription: "Baker wishes you good luck!. Come again." The arch has been wired and will be lighted so that the advertising value of it will not be lost, day or night. Thousands of tourists will view this arch and it will be a permanent advertising medium, making itself useful as well as ornamental. The City cooperated with the Chamber in building the arch by donating the hauling of materials, and will also furnish the lights. The lumber companies donated the lumber. The Chamber of Commerce paid for the cost of construction.
Gallery #1--BAKER CITY. -Welcome Arch, erected at 10th & D, June 20, 1920.
Baker Welcome Arch. View is north down 10th St.

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