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A remote location, great food – a Malheur City tradition

Curtis Martin runs the grill at the annual gathering Sunday at what was once Malheur City, northwest of Brogran. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Tucked in the high hills north of Cow Valley, the Malheur City Convention Center won't ever host trade shows, political conventions, or industrial exhibitions.

Instead, it comes to life every Memorial Day weekend as families gather to pay their respects at the tidy cemetery holding graves dating back more than a century.

The cemetery, despite its remote location, is well tended. A fence keeps critters at bay. A local ranching family irrigates and trims the grass.

And on this weekend, every grave gets a fresh batch of flower, plastic to last and honor as long as wind and time will allow.

The cemetery is virtually all that remains of Malheur City, once a . . .