Why do people live where they do? I don’t mean why am I moving to Oregon, but instead, why did ANYONE move to ANYPLACE? And what makes someone believe “THIS is the spot”?
As we started driving on back roads in eastern Oregon we reached the town of Vale. It’s a small town, with about 1200 people. We were driving through on U.S. Route 20 when we noticed historic murals on many of the buildings and circled back to take photos. It was a good time to stop for lunch so we went into a local place for some pulled pork barbecue and spoke to a local realtor and the county judge who had been peacefully enjoying their lunch until I started asking questions.
They were proud to tell me that the main street in Vale is the same route as the Oregon Trail. Immediately I understood how the town was established. It was the first area after crossing the high desert of Utah and Idaho where fresh water was available. There also were warm springs for nice baths and clothes washing. I can imagine more than one woman stamped her foot and said “Good enough! We’re staying here!”
Do you know why your family originally settled where they live?