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Northeast Highlands

Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties


Wallowa County, 97846

"From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever." Chief Joseph

Joseph is a hot topic for outsiders. Many locals wish it were not so hot with tourists. Yet I suppose the tourist dollars are nice, even if the tourists are at times obnoxious. This little town at the foot of the Wallowa mountains hums with art activity. Two bronze foundries operate year round casting art objects for artists from around the world. The display of bronze art objects in Joseph is truly dazzling. I will picture many of the pieces for you so just keep scrolling down. You have to be going to Joseph to get there pretty much. Beyond Joseph is Imnaha, Wallowa lake and the fabulous Wallowa mountains and wilderness area. You do, however, go through several nice little towns getting there. The three hour drive northeast from La Grande takes you through Imbler, Elgin, Wallowa, Lostine, and Enterprise. It is quite a drive if you like little towns. This area is filled with enough Native American lore and history to make one weep and wonder at the same time. The story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce tribe unfolded here. If you care about the roots of America at all you will want to come to feel the sense of history firsthand. I never learned this sort of stuff in history class.