Gallery #1--BAKER CITY.
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2,197 photographs. Most of the photographs are of buildings in the center of Baker City's business district. In the early 1900's Baker City's population was about 7,000. Baker City's present population is about 10,000.
Baker City was platted in 1864, became the county seat in 1868, and was incorporated in 1874. Its first mayor was former blacksmith turned hardware-store owner Syrenus B. McCord, father of O. H. P. (Oliver Hazard Perry) McCord, whose collection of historic photographs forms the founding core of the library's collection. The other major source of the library's photographs is Sumpter historian Brooks Hawley, who upon his death bequeathed to the library his extensive historic photograph collection plus many historic records.