After fueling up in La Grande, and grabbing a few extra supplies, namely cold drinks (it was up to 95 by early afternoon,) I back tracked a few miles to the Ukiah-Hilgard Highway (244), then took the Grand Ronde River/Mt. Emily/National Forest Develop Road 51. I passed by Starky's Station, a grocery and fuel stop. If you look a Google Maps, the town of Starky is labeled several miles to the west of this location. As such it's on my list to check out in the future.
Here in the heart of the Wallowa mountains and the Whitman National Forest, evidence of early settlers is prevalent. I'm not sure if this old house and barn are maintained by the US Forest Service as an outpost for the area, or belongs to some local farmer, but it's in very good shape and looks lived in.