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Ecotours of Oregon

Posted on June 16th, 2014 in History of Portland, Oregon, Portland, Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon, Wine Country.

Sightseeing and Nature Day Tours of Oregon and SW Washington for individuals, small groups and conventions.  Tours include door-to-door transportation from the Portland Oregon USA metro area. Here is an example of their great tours:

Eco Tours of Oregon Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls/Mount Hood “Loop” Tour

The Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour is usually combined with a “loop” around Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain. This tour is normally scheduled from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. The following is a sample itinerary. Full day $80.00 each. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.
9:00 AM Pick up at your hotel or location. Head east to the sea-level 4000 foot deep Columbia Gorge, which cuts through the Cascade Mountains by the Columbia River.
9:35 AM Our first stop will be Chanticleer Point. Situated 700 feet above the mighty Columbia River, we’ll be able to see incredible views overlooking the Columbia River, Washington State and the Oregon side of the gorge.

Click for view of the Columbia River Gorge
9:50 AM Stop at the historic Vista House for a spectacular thirty-mile view of the river and a rest stop with interesting historic photography and native wildflower exhibits.
10:20 AM Head further east on the “Old Scenic Highway” while you learn about the history of the first mountain highway of the west. We’ll stop at several waterfalls with interesting names like Latourell, Wahkeena, Multnomah and Horsetail for short walks or longer hikes (you choose), quiet reflection and photo opportunities.
11:00 AM Guests always enjoy the visit to Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s most famous and tallest waterfall at 620 feet. EcoTours will provide plenty of time for you to enjoy the ten-minute walk up to the Benson Bridge between the lower and upper falls for views and photos, and to visit the Nature Center and Gift Shop.

Click for view of Multnomah Falls
11:30 AM Still heading east, we’ll discuss the life cycle of Pacific Northwest Salmon en route to the Bonneville Dam, where we may see migrating adult salmon through the fish-viewing windows and in the fish ladders.
12:30 PM Lunch time will be spent at Hood River, “the windsurfing capitol of the U.S.A.” We’ll drive you through downtown area and point out some of our favorite restaurants, then leave you on your own to eat and look and browse through this quaint, compact town.
1:30 PM After lunch, we’ll head through the picturesque Hood River Valley possible stopping at local fruit stands to sample locally-grown cherries, berries, pears and apples. While climbing Mount Hood’s southeast flank, you will learn about Oregon’s diverse ecosystems as the scenery changes from the dry eastside Cascades featuring ponderosa pine forests, to the lush westside forests of douglas fir, cedar and hemlock. Many guests enjoy optional stop to see a portion of the original Oregon Trail as we continue the drive to the high alpine forests of Mount Hood’s upper elevations. NOTE: If road conditions get dangerous in winter, we may not make it into the higher mountain areas. If this happens, we will take the guests up to the snow and then head back for more sightseeing in the Eastern Columbia Gorge Area. The Eastern Columbia Gorge offers great beautiful dry desert mountain views and historical areas. We may cross the Columbia River into Washington State for additional terrific photo stops. We finish the tour at about the same time if we follow the alternate winter itinerary (5:30 PM).
3:30 PM Arrive at the pinnacle of our day, Timberline Lodge, at 6000 feet. Here, you’ll be treated to incredible high alpine views of snow-capped Mount Hood and the surrounding Cascades. Guests enjoy a walk through the historic lodge and the trails with sweeping views of the Cascade Range.

Click for a view of the South side of Mt. Hood
4:00 PM On our drive back to Portland, we’ll pass through beautiful mountainous terrain and quaint small towns into the fertile agricultural fields of the Willamette Valley.
5:30 PM Arrive back at your hotel or home.
The cost of this day tour is $80.00 each. Cost includes door-to-door transportation and the interpretive naturalist services of your ecotour guide. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.Recent recommendations.It was a wonderful tour and you were great to do business with! Benjamin Cuker, Ph.D. Professor of Marine & Environmental Science American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Hampton University Hampton, VA 23668

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Walla Walla Washington Wines

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 in History of Portland.

Features Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet France, Syrah and Semillon.

Features Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet France, Syrah and Semillon.

During my recent visits to Walla Walla, Washington working on researching the original owners of the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast property, I visited several outstanding wineries in Walla Walla.  Here is one of my favorites.  Basel Cellars Estate Winery

 

 


Fulton House Bed & Breakfast connection to Walla Walla Washington

Posted on January 17th, 2014 in History of Portland, Oregon, Portland, Self-guided Tours of Portland Oregon.

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