Baker was named in 1888 for an early settler.
The Baker Buffalo Festival is held every year in Baker on the last full weekend in September. The festival was started in 1993 as a fundraiser for the schools in Baker. The schools and their organizations are able to use the festival to raise money for their activities. Besides what they raise on their own, the Festival Committee also makes donations to all the schools that participate. It includes a festival, parade, Queen's pageant, and a car show.