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Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building

 
 
Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building Marker
Inscription.  Basche-Sage Hardware Co. was one of Baker City’s largest firms for more than 100 years. The company began when Peter Basche purchased a Baker City tin shop in 1876. In 1888, Basche merged with the Sage and Grace hardware store. Stores were opened in Sumpter, La Grande and Ontario. The company constructed this building in 1926 to house its executive offices and a retail store.
At its peak, Basche-Sage stocked an inventory of 45,000 different items and employed 155 people. In 1980, however, the owners, citing “sustained losses,” announced the company’s closure. It was the last independent hardware wholesaler in Oregon. The Baker City headquarters building was sold, and the new owner converted it to a retail mall.
 
Erected by Historic Baker City, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 44° 46.692′ N, 117° 49.8′ W. Marker is in Baker City, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (
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Oregon Route 7) and Broadway Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2101 Main Street, Baker City OR 97814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bishop Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Baker Loan and Trust Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynndale Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Gwilliam Brothers Bakery (within shouting distance of this marker); McCord House and Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Masonic Temple (about 300 feet away); Miller's Lunch Building (about 400 feet away); Geiser Grand Hotel (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baker City.
 
More about this marker. The address of the Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building is 2101 Main Street, but the marker is on the Broadway Street side of the building
 
Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building and Marker
Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
3. Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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