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Fulton House Bed & Breakfast connection to Walla Walla Washington

Frank Weber's Sons Tannery

Frank Weber’s Sons Tannery

The Fulton House, built in the late 19th century, originally served as a bordello floating in the Willamette River, one of the gambling houses and bordellos built in present-day Willamette Park. Around 1902, the house was placed on logs and dragged one block west up the hill to its present location, a lot owned by Joseph Weber, a local tanner who owned the entire block. The Weber Tannery was the largest tannery on the Northwest Coast in 1894 and operated until 1945.

Originally, the Fulton House was not in Portland but in the small town of Fulton, which was annexed by its larger neighbor.  One block from the Fulton House sits the old Fulton Post Office (cc 1894), today a building containing two small shops. In the area, there is a Fulton Park and the local microbrewery known as the Fulton Pub built on land previously owned by the old Fulton Dairy. Several of the larger homes in the area, like the Fulton House, still exist.

One block east of the Fulton House is Macadam Avenue, today a major thoroughfare but once the first black-topped road out of downtown Portland; in the eastern U.S., roads are paved with “macadam” not with blacktop, hence the street name (many of Portland’s early residents came from the eastern part of the country). Macadam Avenue was built to give easy access to Portland businessmen and politicians to the bars, gambling houses and bordellos, which lined the Willamette River in Willamette Park.

Having spent many years of researching the history of the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast located in Portland Oregon,  it was important to take a trip to Washington State to explore the charming historical and rural town of Walla Walla to discover the  historic connection between the two sites.

Frank I. Weber & Sons started a tannery in Walla Walla in 1871.  The factory was located between 2nd and North Palouse streets; right in the center of town.  However, his first building burned in 1879, and the building pictured above was built.  By 1896, the year this picture was taken, Weber and his sons had an extensive business dealing with leathers and shoemakers’ supplies all over the Northwest.  Having been so successful they expanded their business to Portland, Oregon in 1889 known as the Weber Brothers Tannery.

The Weber Tannery was established by Joseph & Frank I Weber and by 1916, it was the largest tannery on the North Pacific Coast, earning approximately $150,000 a year and employing more than 36 men plus multiple family members.  The Weber Tannery occupied five acres on the Willamette River bank directly across from the Riverview Cemetery.   

The tannery consisted of a 100 foot by 150 foot 3-story building, which included multiple bark ho rooms, steam drying houses, vats for storage and drying rooms, a beam ho finishing room as well as other independent buildings on the acreage including a wagon shed, a garage, multiple dwellings, fuel sheds, a moorage and a wharf (today house boats at Macadam Bay).  The facility was also located on the Oregon & California Railroad line, which allowed import of hides and supplies from Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Iowa and an occasional shipment from Canada.  Aside from tanning leather for harnesses, footwear purposes, belting etc., considerable custom work was done.  Sheep pelts, deer and fur animals skins were tanned for rugs and other purposes. 

The Weber family also owned approximately three-quarters of Block 16 between Nevada and Texas streets, as well as store front/residences on Macadam Avenue and multiple family sites on Virginia Avenue.  Today, at Nevada and Macadam, the Art Factors occupies the building, which was the Fulton Post Office, then the Fulton Hotel, a delicatessen, and a donut shop.  Just across Macadam at the foot of Nevada, was where the Fulton train station once stood.  Also along the Riverview Trolley passed on it way to the River view cemetery stop.  Nearby were the Weber’s Tannery, the Leach’s Foundry and the Irving Company Soap Works.

Be looking for our next Blog post for more about the History of the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast and its connection to Walla Walla, Washington

Walkthetown

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Press Release
Look Up, Oregon!, new walking tours now ready for exploring

Summary:

Look Up, Oregon! Walking Tours of 4 Towns In The Beaver State offered FREE on Kindle from February 20-24

 

Hendersonville, North Carolina – February 12, 2013

There is no better way to see Oregon towns than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a self-guided walking tour from the LOOK UP, AMERICA! series. All walking tours from walkthetown.com are available for your favorite tablet or mobile device. Look Up, Oregon! includes walking tours of Astoria, Eugene, Portland (2), and Salem.
The Look Up, Oregon! walking tour ebook sells for $2.99 but can be downloaded for free from Kindle between February 20 and February 24.
A walking tour can be many things. Interested in heritage tourism? Looking for an educational day trip for the kids? Need a fun exercise plan? Want to find subjects to take great photographs? These Oregon walking tours are ready to explore when you are.
Doug Gelbert, who has authored over 400 such walking tours, describes a mix of historical, architectural, cultural and ecclesiastical Oregon landmarks. Street addresses and step-by-step directions lead the way. A quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on Oregon streets is included.
So look twice before crossing the street and get out and look up, Oregon!

Wicked Portland The Wild & Lusty

In a recent book called “Wicked Portland” written by Finn J.D. John, you will find riveting stories of the life in Portland during the 1870s to 1890s.  

Check out Chapter 4 and read about Nancy Boggs, the famous madam whose floating bordello transported her patrons up and down the Willamette River in the late 1880’s.   

Local legend has it that the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast is the  famous bordello that had been built upon the sawdust barge once owned by Nancy Boggs. 

The Fulton House Bed & Breakfast is now located on land in the area known as John’s Landing and one block from the Willamette River and Willamette Park.

 

 

 

 

Riding the Waterfront Bike Path to Kelley Point Park

Where the Willamette & Columbia Rivers converge!

Yesterday was a delightful 82 degree here in the Rose City.   A perfect day to enjoy a ride on the wild side of the Peninsula along a series of trails, low traffic streets, and bike lanes combining three  Portland by Cycle ridesWaterfront Loop trail #8, North Portland Trail # 2  and the Sauvie Island Ride #5 destination  Kelley Point Park.  Click on each ride and a printable map and directions will appear.

We started our ride on one of Portland’s premier trails, The Waterfront Loop #8,  which offers one view after another of the Willamette River and the surrounding greenspaces.  Mostly on macadam paths, with just a few short sections on streets, this is a delightful and relaxing ride.  Just one block from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast, you can link up with this loop to begin your biking trek.

St. Johns Bridge Portland Oregon

Next Heading north along the Willamette River,  we link up with the Portland by cycle Ride #5 at Naito Parkway and proceed to Wallace Park on NW 25th & Raleigh.  After a few turns right, left, right and left again, we approach the St. Helens Road bike lane and follow highway 30 towards the St. Johns Bridge/Sauvie Island.

Once across the St. Johns Bridge,  link up with the North Portland Trails # 2 and follow the directions to Kelley Point Park.  At  Kelley Point Park, you will see the impressive confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

All in all, a fantastic day biking and enjoying the scenery!  And over +25 miles of biking!

Happy biking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Festival RoZone Concert: KUPL-CountryFest featuring Chris Cagle

 

Two Fulton House Bed & Breakfast guests will be attending this afternoon’s concert  at Waterfront Park to see Chris Cagle, an American country music artist.

He was first known for writing songs for David Kersh before signing to Virgin Records Nashville in 2000.

Tickets were given away by the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast for this afternoon’s event along with free admission into the Rose Festival’s City Fair at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Don’t miss out on all the fun, make your reservations for this year’s Rose Festival Events.

Check out Chris Cagle’s lastest hit:  Got my Country On:

Portland’s Saturday Market

Portland Oregon's Saturday Market

Check out the link to Portland’s Saturday Market!  Lots of things to do and great places to eat!  Go enjoy the FUN!

Introducing our Interim Innkeeper, Penny Johnson

During the months of September and October, the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast’s Innkeeper, Wendy Fencsak will be part of an “Earthwatch” scientific team focused on the excavation, study, and conservation of a Roman Coastal Settlement on Poggio del Molino, in Populonia, Italy.   This Archeodig Project is one of the most important Etruscan cities, and the only one built overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Wendy  will be wearing the same shoes as an archaeologist and will explore the ruins of the lavish Roman Villa, practice stratigraphy excavation, documentation, and technical relief, and  identify Roma mobile artifacts of pottery, metal, coins and etc.    The research project is located in beautiful Tuscany, a part of Italy famous for its stunning scenery, food, wine, and culture.  The site is located on a small point overlooking the Tyrrhenia Sea, between the Gulf of Baratti and the Naturalistic Park of Rimigliano, with a splendid view of the Isle of Elba.

My bag is packed and I am ready to go!  So, Ciao!  But before I leave I would like to introduce you to Signora Penny Johnson.  (Can you tell I am taking Italia?)….

During my absence,  Penny Johnson will be taking over my duties and tending to our guests.  Penny comes highly recommended and has done an excellent job for the Fulton House Bed and Breakfast previously.

“In February 24, 2010 -at Dallas School District/High School –Penny Johnson, Catering and Culinary Arts teacher at Dallas High School was honored by her school district with the Distinguished Educator Award.  She was nominated by a student who says she is their families favorite teacher and he is the 3rd brother to go through her program.

Here is what Ricky had to say about Mrs. Johnson:

Penny is welcoming with open arms. She works hard to get to know the students. She has tried to connect not just with us as students ,but on a personal level as well. Penny’s personality really makes the class fun. She is funny. Sometimes in the chaos of her job, she gets us laughing at how she handles all of the stress. I encourage you to honor this deserving teacher who has poured her heart and soul into her job and the kids that take her classes. She inspired us to be better people and love life!

Here is what her students had to say about her:

*She loves us!
      *Helps us out on stuff, more than just catering.
      *She does so much; events, catering, class etc.
      *She has an outstanding personality.
      *There is really just too much to put into words.
      *She is a really nice teacher. Thank you for teaching me.
      *I have known her since I was a freshman and she always pushes me to do my best.
      *She treats us like workers.”

I know that all you will love Penny just like her students did at Dallas High School.  Penny plus her husband, Dave will begin their Interim Inn-keeping duties on August 28 and continue until Wendy’s return.  Please help me welcome, Penny & Dave to our wonderful City of Portland and to the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast.

As for our Fulton House Blog –watch for my blog posting from Italy as well as Mauritius where I am heading after my stay in Italy.

Arrivederci!

 

 

 

Cyclists — A Great Day of Touring Oregon Wine Country Plus Treat Yourself to a Fabulous Brunch at Eola Hills Winery

Buena Vista Ferry

Today, I completed my first 2011 MAC Annual Wine Ride  touring Oregon wine country and treating myself to a fabulous made-to-order gourmet brunch — without guilt!

Starting at the Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Oregon I wandered along 36.8 miles of scenic Polk County Wine Country, through the town of Independence and across the Willamette River on the historic Buena Vista ferry and then made a loop back to the winery.  As I approached the ferry crossing,  I spotted an osprey nests up on the platforms and along the route was up close and personal with two turkey buzzards feasting on a dead rabbit just a few feet from me as I crossed the dead carcass in the road.  This was just an incredible day in Oregon to be cycling.

For additional information about cycling in Oregon read this article from the NY Times.

Click here for the 2011_MAC_Wine_Ride_Map.

After my ride, I returned to the Eola Hills Winery for the reward of a fabulous  brunch prepared by Eola Hills Winery’s master chefs that include stuffed crepes, eggs Benedict, waffles, omelets, sauteed oysters, and more, along with a choice of wine or champagne.

Check out their wonderful Menu for July 24th:
Fresh Pan Fried Oysters from Willapa Bay
Washington
Roast Beef Sliders with Onions and Cheese
Fruit Supreme w/
Fresh Fruit, Yogurt and Granola
FOUR styles of Eggs Benedict; Ultimate,
Traditional, Seafood and Veggie
Stick to your Ribs Biscuits and
Gravy
Breakfast Ham
an Omelet Bar with about 20 toppings to choose
from
Belgian & Hazelnut Waffles along with Crepes
Country Fried
Potatoes
Stir Fried Veggies
Spring Mix Salad with Apples and
Strawberries
Platter of Watermelon
Cold Cucumber
Soup
homemade desserts and much more.

And don’t forget to belly up to the wine tasting bar to sample their wine selections and take home a bottle of their outstanding wines.    I particularly like their 2009 Pinot Gris and their Pacific Blanc a Oregon White Wine after a hot day biking the latter that I am sipping now as a draft this post.

The Eola Hills Winery is approximately 58 minutes from the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast in Portland, Oregon.  Bring your bikes and enjoy a day of cycling Oregon.

 

Festival of Birds at Oak Bottom Park

Lazuli Bunting -- photo by Jim Cruce

“Festival of Birds” is an event sponsored by the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Portland and Portland Audubon for a Celebration of Migratory Birds.

“A welcome sign of spring, Portland’s migratory birds are arriving in the northwest from their tropical wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. The Festival invites families and bird lovers to enjoy a day outdoors and learn about birds through a variety of fun activities such as: Guided bird walks, Live music and stories, Nature photography field trips, Kids’ games and art activities, Live birds from Portland Audubon, and Exhibits about the birds of Portland.

Oaks Bottom and other natural areas in Portland are important to migrating birds for nesting, wintering, resting and re-fueling. Come and see birds hailing from as far away as Argentina in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, the City of Portland’s first designated Migratory Bird Park.

This is a free festival for the whole family to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. No registration is required.

  • Attend the Early-Bird Bird Walk at 7:30 a.m. Registration required: Call 503-823-2525 or go to www.portlandparks.org and click on recreation tab, choose class #345264.
  • Guided Bird Walks on the ½ hour from 9 am – 2 pm.  Compare this year’s sightings with bird appearances in earlier years.
  • Family Activities, make bird feeders for your mother’s garden, run as fast as birds fly in Bird Olympics, create bird pictures using forms from NW Native American art, send a bird postcard to schools along the Pacific Flyway, or choose from a myriad of other activities.
  • Storytelling and Live Music by local storytellers and musicians. Come hear songs and stories about migratory birds in the Portland area.
  • Education Birds from Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center.  See up close a Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture and Common Raven.
  • Our Partners. Visit with local partners of the Migratory Bird Treaty Program and learn about other locations to visit and enjoy birds.
  • Look for our Nature Store booth.”

Pack a lunch, bring your bikes and enjoy birding!

 

 

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