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Owyhee Homestead Series
Dedicated to the pioneers who first settled this area.
The Five Bar Homestead was first established in 1886 by E. Loveland. Mrs. Alma Loveland is credited with doing many of the improvements. She built the stone house and even more amazingly, she built the roadway that leads from the homestead several hundred feet up out of the Owyhee River Canyon. It took a full day just to pull a wagon up to the rim of the canyon. In 1911, the Drummonds jumped the Loveland claim and took over ownership of the homestead. They built the log house next to the original Loveland stone house. They remained until the early 1920's when they sold out so that their children could attend school in the "world above".
To reach the homestead, drive south from Three Forks, OR. Park at N42 27.272 W117 12.677 From there, hike down into the canyon using Mrs. Loveland's road. Along the way, you will see a memorial to Jim Anderson on the canyon wall. He drowned while swimming cattle across nearby Antelope Creek. Once you reach the bottom, you will have to ford the Owyhee River and then walk approximately a mile and a half upstream to reach the actual homestead. Check streamflow at Rome, OR for river conditions. The day we placed the cache, the streamflow was approximately 450 cfs. I would not recommend attempting a river crossing if river flows are higher.
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Last Updated: on 8/9/2010 7:52:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:52 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum