Barnes C. Ellis, new owner of the remote Minam River Lodge, near La Grande, Ore., gets acquainted with a mule, one of the four-legged guest on Sept. 11, 2011. Ellis of Portland has bought the last operating wilderness lodge in eastern Oregon. The lodge dates to about 1950. It has a main building and dormitory, five cabins. It can accommodate 35 guests. Access is by trail or small aircraft. At 560 square miles, Eagle Cap is the state’s largest designated wilderness area. The ranch had been for sale for years, and the previous owner, George Peekema of Vancouver, died last year at 81.


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