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"Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon"
Includes ... Balch Hotel, Dufur ... National Register of Historic Places ...
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Balch Hotel "Open", Dufur, Oregon. Image taken April 3, 2013.


Balch Hotel ...
The Balch Hotel, also once operating as the "Dufur Hotel", is located on the south side of Dufur. In 1907 it was built on the site of an earlier stagehouse which served users of the Barlow Toll Road. The early Hotel itself however primarily served passengers on the Great Southern Railroad which came to Dufur in 1905. The Balch Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 (#87001469).

Balch Hotel History ...
"The Balch Hotel in Dufur, Oregon, a three-story, brick masonry building measuring 40 x 72 feet, was built in 1907 and opened for use early in the following year by its proprietor, Charles P. Balch, a local stock raiser and druggist who manufactured bricks for the project on his ranch adjoinging the townsite. ...   Built on the site of an earlier stagehouse which served users of the Barlow Toll Road, the Balch Hotel served passengers on the Great Southern Railroad, constructed to Dufur from The Dalles in 1904-1905. Completion of the Great Southern Railroad 13 miles south from The Dalles on the Columbia River had inspired the hotel's builder to provide for an influx of salesmen, ranchers and timbermen. At Dufur, stage connections could be made to points farther south in the Deschutes Country."

Source:    National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Balch Hotel, 1987.

Views of the Balch Hotel ...

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Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Brickwork, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Front door, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Entrance tiles, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.


Interior ...
"Inside is a central staircase to the second floor, with the hotel lobby on the north side and the ladies' parlor on the south side. The ladies' parlor was originally the salemen's sample display room and has its own entrance and exit doors to the lobby and the outside. ...  The dining room extends across the back of the first floor to the southeast corner."

Source:    National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Balch Hotel, 1987

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Interior sitting in the "lobby", Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Interior sitting in the original "ladies parlor", Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Bookcase in the "ladies parlor", Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Safe, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Dining Room, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. Image taken April 3, 2013.


Chandelier ...

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Chandelier, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Closeup, Chandelier, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.
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Closeup, Chandelier, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.


Rear view ...
"The Balch Hotel is situated on 1.05 acres. It faces west and has a magnificent unobstructed view of Mt. Hood from all front windows and the concrete front porch. Several steps down from the porch lead to a short concrete walk that endds at the city sidewalk bordering Main Street. There are two street lights nearby, and established city park within two blocks and the Dufur Historical Museum (Schreiber Log Cabin) is in the block just north of the hotel."

Source:    National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Balch Hotel, 1987

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Rear view, Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon. The Balch Hotel was built in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Image taken April 3, 2013.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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Sources:    Balch Hotel National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1987; National Register of Historic Places website, 2013;

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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