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The Pelota Fronton is a Basque pelota ball court and landmark in Jordan Valley, Oregon, United States. The court was built in 1915 and finished in 1917. It was last used regularly in 1935. This was caused by the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. Jordan Valley had numerous Basque immigrants that came to herd sheep. After the act passed, the court gradually lost usage, and it started falling into disrepair over a span of roughly 4 decades. In 1972, the court was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1997, the court underwent a full renovation. Restoration included installation of a covered interpretive sign and a stone representation of the Zazpiak Bat, the coat of arms for the seven Basque provinces. A sign reads: “Jordan Valley Ko Frontoia restored 1997 danok etorri” in recognition of the inauguration of the restored pelota fronton in September 1997.

In Jordan Valley games, the wicker racket, or cesta, is not used. To this day, the court remains a symbol of Basque culture in the region.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelota_Fronton


Coordinates: 42.97465, -117.05273
Elevation: 4410 ft
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jsk83687

Stopped on the shady side like a couple others.

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Boltupright

The backside of the ball court and a shady tree. Time to roll back to Boise. 80 sure feels fast after the long gravel road trek from the east.

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BMW 1250 Adv
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FW190Pilot

I couldn’t help but think that if I grew up in Jordan Valley I would have spent considerable time throwing (pitching) or hitting a tennis ball at this thing. Very odd and interesting piece of architecture. I wonder if anyone (Basque or otherwise) knows how to play the game this thing was built for. Chicken Tenders at the food truck across the street are pretty good.

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KTM 350 EXCF
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NjD

Enjoyed all that Jordan Valley offers…..snacks and some fuel as we made decisions to attempt Coffee Pot and Birch Creek with the threat of rain. We were denied the latter.

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KTM 890R
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BB445

Stop 5 on our Owyhee/Jordan Valley/Silver city overnighter. Came in from the south via Owhyee Uplands Byway. Stopped for fuel and a bite to eat from Mrs Z”s C store. Rain and more rain thwarted ride into Coffee Pot and Birch Creek Ranch. Jordan Craters road was a slip and slide mud fest. Turned back half way in and headed for Silver City.

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Justin Wilke

I took Mud Flat Road from Grand View to Jordan Valley, and stopped for fuel and to grab this site. Then I headed over to Silver City… much better than heading home on 95.hwy

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DR650
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JRATZ

Fuel stop before heading home

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KTM 500
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Idabiker

Last stop on a fun ride through Succor creek and the Jordan Craters area.

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KLR 650 2008
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Caleb Forrey

It’s always a relief to roll into town and know there’s at least a fuel stop….I was running right up to the limit. This was a good final stop on my tour through Owyhee.

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V-Strom 650
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englund

no sheep

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DR650
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chatty

Always funny to see the cops “shootin’ fish in a barrel’ in Jorden Valley” 🙂

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Norden
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Jeff Dyer

This was the tail end of our ride before we headed home, and yes I slept good that night.

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Jason

Was a bit colder than I thought it was gonna be

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KTM 790 ADV
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Lucas Stern

Obvious gas stop for this region. Route 95 northbound is 10/10 pavement and incredibly scenic. Food truck on the right hand side coming from the north.

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Yamaha Tenere 700
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Dan Huff

Food, Gas, and coffee are nearby. This is a nice stop on the way to somewhere else.

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KTM 890 R
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Alex Crane

This was the last stop for Dan’s ride. The ride back on 95 is about as smooth as you can ask for. The pavement is just about perfect, and you can just sail on those roads. It was fun really opening up my GS and flying through the canyon. While going exactly the speed limit…naturally.

There is a little food truck just a couple of blocks away. They had a good burger.

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R1200GS
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Dusty1

We adjusted our rout at the end of day 1 of our ride and added the only few miles of slab of our trip to hit Jordan Valley early for fuel and supplies for day two. Then it was off to the Birch Creek Ranch about an hour and a half away. We got lucky and skirted two thunderstorms even though we suited up and were ready for some wet. Unfortunately, this cut our hangout time in JV short and we high tailed to make camp for the night.

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CRF450L
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Tumbleweed208

Visited this site on 4/12 briefly. Topped off our fuel and supplies around the bend. Neat bit of history. A big storm was inbound so we did not have the luxury of time to look around. The Jordan Big Loop Rodeo is fun to watch if you time it right.

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KTM 500 EXCF
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Kevin Headings

Still lots of snow in the Owyhee mountains. Encountered several micro burst flurries along highway 95, all were brief but scary as I had a bunch of accumulation on face shield. Jordan Valley still has about 4″ of snow on the ground.

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