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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon"
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Image, 2013, Mural, Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural detail, Hotel, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.


Umatilla House ...
Built in 1857, the "best hotel west of Minneapolis and north of San Francisco" was located in The Dalles, Oregon, on the northeast corner of First ("Main") and Union streets, right across from the steamboat landing. Travelers would disembark from the steamboats and head up to the hotel. For folks continuing east, The Dalles-Celilo portage trains left from the Umatilla House. Later, when the Union Pacific railroad came through, the tracks were laid in front of the hotel's front door. The trains would stop at Umatilla House for their passengers to have a meal.

The original Umatilla House survived the floods of 1862, 1871, and 1876, but did not survive the October 27, 1878 fire. A new hotel was built, only to be wiped out by another fire in May 1879. Once again the hotel rebuilt and opened for a third time in October 1879.

"... A year after the fire, on May 20, 1880, The Dalles Chronicle reported "Handley & Sinnott have erected the new Umatilla House, a solid three-story wooden building. 95x120, cotaining 130 sleeping rooms, with large and commodious billard room, office, sample rooms, dining hall and kitchen, with store-rooms and wood yard, a basement, in all accomdation for 400 guests. ..." [HistoricTheDalle.org website, 2013, "Umatilla House"]

"When the third and final Umatilla House opened for business Oct. 25, 1879, it was a luxury hotel. The new Umatilla House was a 3-story structure with 126 rooms, two baths (an imposing ratio for the time and place) plus a toilet in the basement. The dining room was enormous and could seat 250 in the dining room and 200 in the bar. It featured a large lobby and a broad veranda on the front and west side of the building. The second floor gallery overlooked the Columbia. The main entrance led into an elegant lobby with walls covered in brocade and gilt, a magnificent glass chandlier overhead and custom carved furnishings. ..." [HistoricTheDalle.org website, 2013, "Umatilla House"]

The third Umatilla House survived the Great Flood of 1894 and the smaller 1897 flood. It's end came however with the advent of the telephone, Pullman and dining cars, the decline of Columbia River steamboats, and the popularity of the automobile. The Umatilla House was razed in 1929.


Lewis & Clark Festival Park ...
Today the Lewis & Clark Festival Park is located at the location of the historic Umatilla Hotel. The park was dedicated in the fall of 2012 and provides a link between the waterfront and the Columbia River, to the historic area of The Dalles.

Image, 2013, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Lewis & Clark Festival Park, The Dalles, Oregon. The Lewis & Clark Festival Park is the green area in the middle ground. The location was once the location of the historic Umatilla House. View from car on Highway 84. Image taken June 5, 2013.


Omnibus ...
Fort Dalles Museum bought the Umatilla Houses's old keyboard, a chair, the register, and the old Umatilla House Bus which had been used every year in the Legion Frolics parade. Called an "omnibus", this vehicle was built by August Wintermier of The Dalles at a cost of $1,600. It's now a part of the Museum antique vehicle collection and can be seen in the annual Fort Dalles Days parade.

Image, 2012, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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The Dalles to Prineville "N.P. Express" stage coach/mail wagon, and the 1870s Umatilla House omnibus, Fort Dalles Historic Vehicle Collection, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.


Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Exhibit ...

Umatilla House
Handley & Sinnott, Prop'rs
This popular house, centrally located,
Near the Steamboat Landing
& Railroad Depot, Has been recently
enlarged and improved
and will now accommodate

300 GUESTS

It will be conducted as heretofore, as a
FIRST CLASS HOUSE,
and the patronage of the traveling public
is respectfully solicited ...

Image, 2013, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Exhibit, "Umatilla House", Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Exhibit, "Umatilla House", Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
Image, 2013, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Exhibit, "Umatilla House", Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Exhibit, "Umatilla House", Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.


Mural ...
The mural "Umatilla House" was painted by Robert Thomas and Debbi Lunz in 1997. It is located downtown on West 2nd Street, on the side of the "The Dalles Inn". Robert Thomas also painted "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls of the Columbia", "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", and "Where Wheat is King".

Image, 2013, Mural, Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
Image, 2013, Mural, Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
Image, 2013, Mural, Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural detail, Hotel, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
Image, 2013, Mural, Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural detail, ferry, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
Image, 2013, Mural, Umatilla House, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural detail, Bailey Gatzert, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    "HistoricTheDalles.org" website, 2013, "Umatilla House";   

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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