Welcome to Vale
The first town on the Oregon Trail, Vale is rich in the pioneering spirit and takes pride in its history and heritage. The city’s past comes to life in a series of Oregon Trail murals professionally painted on building walls throughout the town. Early 1900s architecture predominates in the downtown area and attests to the historical contribution made by Vale in the settling of Oregon. Rinehart’s Stone House, the area’s first hotel built in 1872 and Vale’s oldest standing building, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained as a museum. These sites and others can be seen on a horse-drawn buggy tour offered by Wilcox Horse and Buggy Tours.
Vale is a bustling rural community called home by 1,650 friendly people. The city is the Malheur County seat and the trade area for more than 5,500 residents. Eighty-five retail and service businesses provide shopping opportunity, including a 20,000 square-foot modern grocery store.
Vale is also a city looking to the future. Two new subdivisions have been constructed so families can build new homes. The Area Chamber of Commerce restoration of the downtown area, is complete with classical street lamps. The school district serves 1,200 students and boasts high school athletic complex; the elementary school was remodeled and expanded. The city council is taking a positive, proactive approach to attracting business and commerce to increase local employment opportunities and increase services.
Nine church denominations provide a variety of worship and ministry opportunities. Civic and nonprofit organizations give children, youth, and adults opportunity for volunteerism and activities. Vale has a family health clinic staffed by a full-time physician, a 50-bed nursing home, and excellent ambulance service. Access to a full-service medical center is just minutes away in Ontario. The city library and Treasure Valley Community College Outreach Center are both connected to the Internet. Global information and education are available to help local students excel.
Recreation opportunities abound in the Vale area. The city is home for the Vale District office of the Bureau of Land Management. The office manages more than 5 million acres of land open to the public for hunting, hiking, rock climbing, boating, rock hounding and exploring. This immense “backyard” provides an abundance of wildlife and scenery. Large reservoirs, rivers, and streams nearby provide places for swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing.
Vale has five parks and two under developments. Wadleigh Park with 14.5 acres adjoins the city swimming pool and rodeo grounds. Amenities include baseball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits and a covered picnic canopy with barbeque facilities. Adult and youth league sports groups utilize the facility year-round. Geothermal resources help heat the municipal swimming pool. These hot springs prompted the original settlement of Vale more than 150 years ago. Local community events include the Vale 4th of July Rodeo, Oregon Trail Days, Ranch Rodeo, local sporting events and parades and races.
Families take great pride in the accomplishments of their children who are students. Twelve hundred attend the Vale School District which serves grades K-12. Mt. Moniah Academy, a private school, serves grades K-8. Preschool opportunities are provided by Head Start and other private early childhood education organizations. Several local students have gone on to excel in college, university, and professional endeavors receiving national recognition. Community support for students in scholastic and athletic programs is very strong.
There is a wide variety of housing selection, from smaller “starter” homes to large houses on acreage. Existing homes are available and affordable. Two subdivisions increase housing selection. Since Vale is within easy commuting distance of nearby employers and other major facilities, it is a wonderful place to call home. For further information, call the Vale Chamber of Commerce at 541-473-3800, Vale City Hall at 541-473-3133.