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$4.6 million

That's how much the heirs that owned the Eagle Cap Wilderness Lodge sought for the 50-year-old lodge and guest houses in Eastern Oregon when they put the property up for a sealed bid auction recently. The property is the only lodge in Oregon's largest federally designated wilderness and the last private lodge inside a wilderness area in Oregon. The property, which is accessible only by foot or aircraft in the 560-square-mile Eagle Cap Wilderness, was long owned by George Peekema, who died recently at the age of 81. His heirs later lowered the asking price for the property that includes a main lodge with sleeping quarters, five cabins and a horse corral, to $2.5 million. However, the owners ultimately accepted a winning bid of $ 605,000 by Barnes C. Ellis of Portland who plans to retain the rustic character of the lodge, which currently has no cell phone service and is accessible only by an 8.5-mile trail and dirt airstrip.


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