|Big Creek Cemetery|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
There is a sparsely settled farming community near the northern line of Baker County approximately 20 miles northeast of Baker City. An early pioneer cemetery is located in this area about one-quarter mile off State Highway 203 and about 2 or 3 miles south of Medical Springs. It is on the right-hand side of the highway going toward Union. Other names of cemetery: Medical Springs Cemetery, Pondosa Cemetery & Duncan Cemetery. Strange it may be, the cemetery is located just south of the county line (brown line) while the community of Medical Springs is just north of the line. There are two other cemeteries north of the community - "The Park" and "Dunham Wright Family".
It is located on a sloping sagebrush hill and is hardly visible from the highway.
Amanda C. Bowman (wife of James) sold the land to the Big Creek Cemetery Association. James Sams who owned adjoining property- granted a right of way across his property to the cemetery- This was a notarized document from Hulda Bowman. Then another one from Florence Harsin - stating that the sale from Amanda Bowman took place shortly before July 16, 1894. Also that James Sams gave a right of way. Another statement from Elsie Emele - who is the daughter of James Sams - stating that Amanda Bowman bought a piece of property adjacent to her father's and that Amanda then sold it to the Big Creek Cemetery Association. Also that James Sams granted a right of way. (Source: Scharri Brennan)
There are at least three unmarked graves in this cemetery. The inscriptions were recorded in 1959 with original list filed in the Baker County Library.
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