Those traveling east in the county will experience the increasingly dry climate. Here, irrigation from the Columbia River waters numerous vineyards and orchards. Goldendale Aluminum Company adjacent to the John Day Dam, is the county's largest employer with nearly 700 workers.
Roosevelt, is the site of a major inter-modal rail and truck yard which serves the Rabanco Regional Landfill. The landfill provides a state-of-the-art municipal solid waste site for communities throughout the west coast.
Alderdale, at the far east end of the county, is a growing agricultural community with significant carrot, garlic and potato production and new orchards and vineyards under construction.
Tucked remotely in the northeast corner of the county is Bickleton, a tiny agricultural community, known as the bluebird capitol of the world. Bickleton, with its authentic feel of rural Americana, is home to both the oldest tavern in the state and the Whoop-n-Holler Museum. This area, with its mix of farmland and canyons, makes a unique and fascinating driving tour.