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The Dalles Is Full Of History

One of the things we love about Celilo Inn is that it is located in a town so rich in history. Known as the last stop on the Oregon Trail, The Dalles is home to a number of well-preserved historic sites, some of which are only open during the summer. If you’re staying with us and want to see some of these sites for yourself you can find a complete list on www.historicthedalles.org. We however, highly suggest checking out the following:

The Fort Dalles Museum Surgeon’s Quarters is a must see. It was first occupied in 1850 where it was originally called Camp Drum. In 1853 the name would change to Fort Dalles. Now all that remains of Fort Dalles is the Surgeon’s Quarters building which has been incredibly preserved.

After visiting the Surgeon’s Quarters you can walk a block to the Anderson Homestead. The home is one of the original homes built in 1895 and the craftsmanship is quite impressive.

The Pioneer Cemetery is an impressive and peaceful place. When walking through it you can truly grasp the magnitude and hardship that these pioneers experienced while settling. It is also located off the East Scenic Drive, providing for beautiful views.

Everywhere you go in The Dalles you will be sure to run into a piece of history.

For more information on historic sites and landmarks be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

 

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A Taste of the Old West

One of the most romanticized historical periods was the Old West, and The Dalles, OR was right in the center of all the new exploration and settlements happening at the time. In 1876, John and James Baldwin opened the Baldwin Saloon and it has been a Columbia Gorge favorite ever since!

Street view of Baldwin Saloon

Although much has changed over the last 135 years, the Baldwin Saloon has remained a prominent fixture in The Dalles community. Through those years the Baldwin Saloon did not always remain a restaurant. Changing ownership a number of times the building was not only a saloon but a brothel, steamboat navigational office, warehouse, coffin storage site for neighboring mortuary (now the Clock Tower Ale Pub), and state employment office and a saddle shop. Finally in the early 1990’s the building was sold to the current owners who sought to restore the building back to its original glory. Restoring the sight while updating it with modern amenities and building codes was quite a task, but the end result was flawless. Pieces from the original Baldwin Saloon can be found around the restaurant; however the new Saloon has a more simplistic, modern look to it. The current owners have eloquently combined past and present aesthetics to create a warm and welcoming ambiance for their patrons.

Baldwin Saloon when it was a storage facility

Guests of Celilo Inn should definitely stop by the Baldwin Saloon, not just for the great ambiance and a glimpse of the past, but for the delicious food as well. The restaurant is not just a historical spot but has amazing food! There is something for everyone, but seafood lovers will be especially impressed by the menu. One of the most popular dishes the Baldwin offers is the Seafood Bouillabaisse—a fish stew with fresh mussels, clams, prawns and the catch of the day.

One of the many delicious dishes at the Baldwin Saloon

If you’re looking for an after dinner drink, the Baldwin Saloon is the place to be. With over 10 specialty cocktails and a wide variety of wines and beers you will definitely find the drink for you!

If you’re staying at the Celilo Inn, a meal at the Baldwin Saloon is a must!

For more information and suggestions on restaurants in The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

*** Congratulations to our October Social Media Contest Winner Ed Johnston. By following us on Twitter he won our Halloween Weekend Package!**

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Take A Step Back Into History With The Fort Dalles Museum

The Dalles, Oregon is more than just a wine lover’s paradise; it also happens to be a great place for history buffs. Our guests can encounter a piece of history at every turn while they stay with us. In fact, Celilo Inn is a part of The Dalles history as well! For our guests that want to take a step back in time, the Fort Dalles Museum is the place to visit.

 

The Surgeon's Quarters at Fort Dalles

When visiting the Fort Dalles Museum, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of historical houses and artifacts. One such building is the Surgeon’s Quarters. The Surgeon’s Quarters is the only officer’s house remaining from the 1850’s. The Surgeon’s Quarters—which was originally part of Camp Drum (later named Fort Dalles)—played an integral part in the settling of the Willamette Valley since the Columbia River was the main guide for settlers to find their way to the Willamette Valley. As one can imagine, there wasn’t much civilization along the way so Fort Dalles was a bit of relief in an otherwise harsh, scary and unfamiliar environment. However, not everyone was thrilled to see the houses at Fort Dalles. Tensions were high between the officers of Fort Dalles and the surrounding natives. By visiting the Surgeon’s Quarters, not only will you be able to walk in one of Oregon’s oldest historical buildings, but you will also learn about how life on the frontier really was.

 

Part of the Anderson Homestead

 

Another structure at the Fort Dalles Museum is the Anderson House. The Anderson House is the original log homestead of Lewis Anderson, a Swedish immigrant. He built his home in 1895 near Fort Dalles. The homestead consists of three buildings—the house, the granary, and the barn. Left abandoned between 1950 and 1970, Wasco County and The Dalles purchased the homestead and restored it to its original glory a year later.

 

Mail Wagon

 

The Fort Dalles Museum also houses a large collection of antique vehicles ranging from covered wagons to vintage automobiles. With over 30 vehicles, this collection is a physical time line of the evolution of the individual transportation.

For more information on historical places in and around The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

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The Dalles, a City of History and Art

Anyone that has visited The Dalles can attest to its surrounding natural beauty, but there is beauty located right in the center of downtown as well. Guests at Celilo Inn can learn about the history of The Dalles while looking at beautiful murals all over the city. The mural walk features 12 murals that each captures a different moment in history. Guests can explore the murals on their own, or they can stop by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce to purchase a key that will activate the talking boxes that are located at a number of the murals. These talking boxes give a more in-depth history of the mural and are narrated by historians, Native Americans or the artist themselves.

 

A segment of the "Decision at the Dalles" mural

The 12 murals have been a labor of love put on by The Dalles Mural Society. The first mural titled “Decision at The Dalles” was painted in 1992 and depicts the perilous journey the first settlers faced along the Oregon Trail.

 

Right across the street from “Decision at The Dalles” is the fourth mural entitled “Celilo/Wyam—The Great Falls on the Columbia.” This mural was completed in 1995 and depicts the magnificent Celilo Falls which played a critical roll in the lives of local Native Americans as well as settlers. While the Celilo Falls no longer exist, this mural has beautifully captured an important moment in time.

A segment of the "Celilo/Wyam-The Great Falls of the Columbia" mural

 

Just a few blocks down you’ll find the striking mural of the Umatilla House, which was one of the largest, most luxurious hotels in the area in 1857. The hotel would hold onto is opulent reputation until a few years later when it would be plagued with continual bad luck–being involved in two fires and one flood. The mural which was painted in 1997 restores the Umatilla House back to the grand hotel that it once was.

 

"Sahaptin Medicine Man" mural

The most recent mural which was painted in 2003 looks the farthest into the past. Entitled “Sahaptin Medicine Man” the mural captures a time before the settlers moved to the Northwest and Western practices had not yet incorporated themselves into the Native American culture. The medicine man played an integral part in the lives of tribe members from the physical, to the natural to the spiritual and this mural does an excellent job bringing us back to that time.

 

With 12 gorgeous and poignant murals to look at and learn from, the mural walk is a great way for Celilo Inn guests to not only learn the history of the area but also provides guests an opportunity to walk around the charming downtown area of The Dalles. All the murals are relatively close to one another making for a pleasant walk.

 

For more places to check out when visiting The Dalles, be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

 

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com or Like us on Facebook!

 

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