Joseph, Oregon, is not a big town, but it’s a fun place to spend a morning or an afternoon on your way to or from Wallowa Lake. Last week on our way back from staying at Wallowa Lake, my friend Marilyn and I spent some time walking up and down Main Street, window shopping and admiring the local art and ordering drinks at the soda fountain in Mad Mary & Company.
The main attraction in Joseph is the bronze statues you see along both sides of Main Street. I tried to take photos of all of the ones I came across, although I found some of them more appealing than others. Here are a few that I liked best…
If you’re looking for a meal in a place that the locals frequent, try Cheyenne Cafe on Main Street. The food was good and hearty, and all the old-timers and ranchers gather here in the mornings for coffee and breakfast.
In addition to the shops and restaurants in Joseph, I would also recommend stopping by some of the Nez Perce historic sites in the area. Between Joseph and Wallowa Lake you’ll find the grave of Chief Old Joseph on a hill overlooking the lake.
I also highly recommend stopping by the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland Photography Exhibit on Main Street. Then-and-now photos are on display, and you can read more about the history of the Nez Perce struggle with settlers and the U.S. government over this amazing corner of northeastern Oregon.