Do you know anything about this town? Have you ever lived here? Please leave your recollections in the comments below!
Have tried to locate anything in existance for this community. I was told what was remaining was on private property. It is located on a descending bluff abouve the town of Maupin Oregon and I’m told it served as a baking stop for homesteaders, pioneers coming out on wagon trains. I found an abandoned ranch some 4-5- miles east of Bakeoven and seems that is all that remains in that area short of trespassing on private property.
Hello David! Thank you for stopping by. Bakeoven, at least what is left of it, is located on private property. The barn in the back has a sign on it that says Bakeoven, but I’m not sure if that is a historic building or not. My guess is that there was probably a Post Office and a General store at this location that served the local “community” which was likely spread out up to five miles away from this location.
The cemetery is just under four miles away,at the end of a dead end road.
The only story I know of the town is that a gentleman was hauling flour to the gold mine fields. His wagon broke down so he built an oven and started baking bread to sell to travelers. By the time he was done a small town had sprung up next to his oven.
I picked up a little book out of the “Free” box in my local book shop. “Schoolmarms” By Helen Guyton Rees. It is about her mother Ada Bell who was a 16 year old teacher in Bakeoven beganing in 1897. It gives several family names of people in the town.
The old Bakeoven schoolhouse sits in Shaniko. They turned it into a church.
Cool! That is a new sign since I was last that way.
According to the exif, I took the pix’s in 2012.