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Pioneer

Tour passes through green grazing lands along the base of a long slope extending from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

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Bottlemiller’s Barn

Built in 1926 for hay storage and cattle.

Arndt Prune Dryer

Few remnants of what was once a thriving prune industry remain. This is the last operating wood-fired natural draft dryer in the county. In 1894, 43 such dryers operated, and by 1901 more than 200. But the industry collapsed with World War I, the Great Depression and several crop failures. Some of the trees planted in 1896 remain near the simple one-story frame building, constructed in 1898 and expanded in 1920.

Lambert School

Largely made up of German-speaking farmers, Lambert was known as “Germantown” until World War II. This red brick schoolhouse was the last in a series of schools here and operated until after World War II and school consolidation occurred.

Kempe Prune Dryer

Known locally as the “Bloody Bucket”, this simple wood frame dryer was built in 1907. It saw alterations over the years, and was used as a teen dance club and a feed store. The Kempe family owned and operated the farm until 1968, when it was sold and subdivided.

Sara Store

This complex began as a single-story frame store, built between 1897 and 1902. It was moved across the street adjacent to the railroad tracks sometime between 1908 and 1916. A house was built in the 1930’s and attached to the original store. The origin of the name is unknown, but the community once included a school, sawmill, and cheese factory in addition to the store.

Charles J. Nickles Barn

Built in 1939 from logs cut from the farm and taken by horse teams to be milled, this Dutch-style barn with board and batten siding has been used for hay storage, horses, dairy and beef.