Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon"
Includes ... Mosier ... Mosier House ... National Register of Historic Places ...
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.


Mosier ...
The small community of Mosier is located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 175. The community of Mosier began in 1853 or 1854 when Jonah Harrison Mosier settled on a land claim near the mouth of today's Mosier Creek. After Jonah's death in 1894 his son Jefferson platted the town of Mosier and in 1896 Jefferson began construction of a grand Queen Anne-style home, today known as the "Mosier House".

Mosier House ...
Construction on The "Mosier House" began in 1896 and was completed in 1904. Built by Jefferson Mosier, the founder of the community of Mosier, the house is the last remnant of Queen Anne style of architecture in the Mosier community. In 1990 the "Mosier, Jefferson, House" was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (Building, #90000286).

In 1904 ...
"Miss Dollie Mosier keeps hotel in the Mosier mansion, where the traveler is welcomed and well cared for. Her brother, Mr. Lewis, keeps a barn for the accommodation of the traveler's team.

Jeff Mosier, who recently sold his ranch, is owner of the town site and will plat the same and sell lots and blocks. Houses for rent will no doubt be built, and then Mosier may be expected to take on city airs. There is no prettier spot in Oregon for a village than the town site of Mosier."


Source:    "The Hood River Glacier", April 7, 1904, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017.


In 1905 ...
MOSIER HOME IS FINEST IN TOWN

"The handsomest residence in the town of Mosier is the property of J.N. Mosier, a son of J.H. Mosier, from whom the little city takes its name. Mr. Mosier is a native of the place, and is now 45 years of age.

Mr. Mosier has foreseen the possibilities in store for the town and valley of Mosier and last summer made the first plat of the townsite of which he was the original owner. Streets have been surveyed and the building boom which the little city enjoyed last fall and winter has given the town a real city-like appearance.

Nearly all the platted portion of the town site has been sold at good prices, and Mr. Mosier is planning already to place another addition on the market.

Mr. Mosier's residence is an imposing structure of pleasing architectural design, and the furnishings within are complete and comfortable. To the north, there is obtained from the residence a magnificent view of the Columbia river and the rolling hills on the Washington bank.

A large tract of river bottom just below the depot is a portion of the Mosier farm which yields abundantly in crops and money to the renter."


Source:    "The Hood River Glacier", September 7, 1905, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017.


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NEWSPAPER image, 1905, J.N. Mosier Residence, Mosier, Oregon. Image from the "Hood River Glacier", September 7, 1905, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017.


The Buce Family ...
"The Mosier House was built in 1896 by Jefferson Newton Mosier. Mr. Mosier plotted the town of Mosier, Oregon, along the Columbia River. ...

My grandfather, Jack McKinley Muce, was employed by the government U.S. Dept. of Aeronautics to tend the beacons in the Columbia River Gorge. Anyone who has ever driven through this national scenic area can understand why early aircraft needed the beacon system. Like small lighthouses, they warned light aircraft away from the dangerous cliffs and pinnacles that jut up from the basalt cliffs and Cascade Mountains. Grandpa Buce eventually bought the Mosier House in Mosier, Oregon, in order to be more centrally located for his job. ...

After my grandmother sold the Mosier House, it sat vacant for some time. Eventually the potential of this historic house was recognized, and the Mosier House was purchased by the Koerner family, when it was renovated and turned into a Bed and Breakfast.


Source:    Susan Buce, no date given, "The Buce Family and the Mosier House", "Rootsweb.com", 2017.

Later Years ...

The Mosier family sold the Mosier House to the Buce family in 1932. According to the U.S.National Register of Historic Places Mosier House Nomination Form, 1990, #90000286:

"The Buces occupied the residence for approximately forty years before selling the house to Doug Byrd in ca.1972. The Byrds owned the property until the current owners, Mathew and Michael Koerner purchased the building in 1988."

Sometime in ____ the Mosier House became a Bed-and-Breakfast.


U.S. National Register of Historic Places ...
"The Queen Anne Style residence is one and one half stories and cross shaped in plan. The overall dimension of the first floor measures approximately 32 feet (east-west) by 50 feet (north-south)."

"Wooden stairs in the front of the residence lead to the hexagonal shaped front porch."

"The wraparound porch features decorative Eastlake woodwork in its spindled frieze, turned posts, balusters and jigsaw brackets."

"The porch wraps around the north and east elevations and is supported by turned posts with decorative corner brackets. A knob and spindled frieze accentuates the top of the porch and a turned balustrade embellishs the lower portion."

"The main entrance door has a single pane of glass on the upper portion and recessed horizontal panels below. The two recessed panels are surmounted by two smaller square panels with carved garlands in the center ... capped with a transom and projecting cornice."

"The exterior is clad with various siding materials including shiplap, and fishscale, rectangular and diamond shaped wood shingles."


Source:    U.S. National Register of Historic Places Mosier House Nomination Form, 1990, #90000286.


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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Front Parlor/Living Room, Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.
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Front Porch, Mosier House, Mosier, Oregon. Image taken October 4, 2017.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 29, 1805 ...




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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:    (See Mosier) plus:
  • Buce, S., no date given, "The Buce Family and the Mosier House", "Rootsweb.com", 2017;
  • Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017;
  • U.S. National Register of Historic Places Mosier House Nomination Form, 1990;


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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