Mr. Rawles concerning the Wallowa Lake area a few points. Whether
or not these are good or bad I leave to you. Around the lake itself
the area is expanding as new homes are being built along the southern
side of the lake. The region has become a popular tourist area due
to events like the Chief Joseph Days which is held in August in Joseph.
It includes a
decent size rodeo and parade. In Joseph there are several large bronze
foundries which serves to draw a number of folks to the area to see
the works. Since a modest portion of the town's population is employed
in the hospitality industry serving the guests it means that much of
the income must be earned during the summer months. Winter in that
part of the country can get intense which can severely limit access.
According to my wife's grandparents who live in Lostine, real estate
climbing as more and more people "discover" the
area. I hope these things help. Please keep up the great work with
the site and thanks for the hard work. It is much appreciated. I have
several of my like minded friends there. - M.S.