*****2015 Hidden Spaces Tour*****

Back by Popular Demand For The Third Time

Historic Downtown The Dalles

Sunday, October 4, 2015–1 to 5 p.m.

This Fall Tour is Brought To You By P.E.O Chapter EJ

What is up there on the second floor or in the basements of those old buildings? Many of us have walked by for years and wondered, while others have memories of being in those places many years ago and wonder what it’s like today. On October 4, the annual P.E.O. Fall Tour will give you a third opportunity to take a step back in time and tour the hidden spaces of more downtown buildings. You will think you are in a time warp–finding some just as they were when last occupied as apartments, offices, or meeting halls.

Our treasures include a few buildings returning for a second year–The Masonic Lodge and The Craig Building. New this year will be the The Old Elks Lodge, the Old Mint, The Dalles Iron Works, the Old Rainroad Depot (now apartments above Cannon Packer), the Columbia Brewery, and the Sunshine Mill (now a winery).

1954 picture

Sunshine Mill        901 East 2nd St.

Sunshine Mill will conduct tours of areas the public never sees, and the Tasting Room is a treat to see if you have not been in there.

The Sunshine Mill has a long, colorful history. The Sunshine Mill has milled wheat on this property for more than 130 years, and was the first building in The Dalles to have electricity powered by a Thomas Edison motor which can still be seen in The Mill. It is also the only designated skyscraper in The Columbia River Gorge.

The Sunshine Biscuit Company once owned this property, and the wheat milled here was used to make everyone’s favorite cracker–the Cheez-It!

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Dalles Elks original construction image 1910 Elks Building         3rd and Court Sts.
Future home of the National Neon Sign Museum

This is one of the great historic buildings in our City! Come see the Elks Building before it is remodeled into the Neon Sign Museum.

This Colonial-style brick building was built as a lodge hall and a residence for members. The front of the building is distinguished by four columns, decorative pilasters, and a balcony. The grand ballroom has a rare, spring-loaded hardwood floor.

In March of l896, the lodge moved to The Dalles from Cascade Locks, Oregon, where it had been organized. Upon completion of construction in 1910, the organization moved into the Elks Temple.

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Masonic Lodge           105 West 3rd St.

The Masonic Lodge above Clock Tower Ales is a gem that the public rarely gets a chance to see–don’t miss it!

This building was built in 1883 as the Second Wasco County Court House.  The lot was purchased on March 21, 1882, at a cost of $2,754.  The Italian Villa Style brick building was designed by Warren H. Williams of Portland, a leading architect of the day, and constructed by contractor N. J. Blagen in 1883 for a cost of $23,000.

The two story building included the county offices on the first floor, jail in the rear, and a large court room on the second floor.  It had a full basement and was heated by warm air from a wood burning furnace.  The belfry contained the town clock and was completed after the building was finished at a cost of $1,000.

Click the photo to see more about the Masonic Lodge building.

The Dalles Iron Works     720 East 2nd St.

Few people know the history of The Dalles Iron Works or what the business consists of today–this will be your chance to see it firsthand.

The Brooks and Beers Store at 722 East 2nd Street was F. H. Dietzel Trunk Factory upstairs in the 1880s. The building is now The Dalles Iron Works, founded in 1905 by J. B. Kirk, one of the oldest businesses in town.

The Iron Works is now owned by Loyal Quackenbush, and his wife, Linda. Loyal purchased the business from his father and mother in 1999.  Loyal is the 4th generation owner and has worked at the Iron Works since he was 15 years old.  Loyal learned how to weld on the job and also completed a degree in Machine Shop Technology.

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The Dalles Mint        710 East 2nd St.
The Mint That Never Was!

Built of hand-hewn stone brought from nearby Mill Creek by wagon, the Dalles Branch Mint was commissioned by President Lincoln, but never put into operation. Construction, begun in 1864, was halted in June 1870 when the gold fields in Oregon began to run out, and the man assigned to oversee the mint died when his ship was lost at sea.

No coins were ever produced in The Dalles. The federal mint was then located in Denver. The building was eventually turned into a flour mill, then closed for many years. The building now houses the Erin Glenn Winery and Tasting Room.

Click the photo to see more about the Mint.


Columbia Brewery    2006 E. 2nd

(Next to Cannon Packer)

The Columbia Brewery was established in 1867 by Charles Schanno. Heidelberg beer originated in The Dalles. The brewery closed in 1916 when prohibition in Oregon took affect. The brewery is located at the foot of Brewery Grade on East 2nd. The building is not open to the public. You can only view the brewery from the exterior.

Click the photo to see more about the Columbia Brewery building.

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Old Railroad Depot    1006 East 2nd St.

(Apartments above Cannon Packer)

We will tour the two apartments above the store.  The owners have tastefully created modern living spaces keeping a historic significance and feel in both apartments.

The Great Southern Railroad of Wasco County, Oregon, was built in 1905 by John Heimrich and his son. It ran from The Dalles to Dufur, and was extended to Friend in 1913. The original depot in The Dalles was destroyed by fire in 1910, as was the nearby flour mill. By 1912, both had been rebuilt, and both are still standing.

The train ran daily until the late 1920’s. Its main source of revenue was hauling wheat. It was never a very profitable operation, and by the mid-twenties, its decline began. It went into bankruptcy in 1931. The railroad had served its time and it passed into the sunset of history.

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Craig Building       323 East 2nd St.

This will the last chance to see the upstairs before the complete renovation by the hospital into modern office spaces.

Built in 1910-11 for the Pease Department Store, the building is a two-story brick structure measuring 75’ x 120’. The building has an ornamental sheet metal cornice with acanthus leaf and ornamental scroll modillions, cyma recta crown molding above the dentils, and ornamental brick patterned wall, window surrounds and pilaster. The second floor windows are intact examples of the Chicago Style tripartite windows. A large iron sky light dominates the roof of the second floor.

Click the photo to see more about the Craig Building. 

Mark your calendar and don’t miss this tour in Historic Downtown The Dalles on October 4 from 1-5 p.m. You will find sky lights, grand meeting halls, ballrooms, apartments, and unique antique furnishings that were modern architectural wonders of their day and historic gems today. The event is a fundraiser to support scholarships for local women.

Your PASSPORT to these buildings (which serves as your ticket and map) costs $10 and is available from P.E.O. Chapter EJ members, at Klindt’s Book Sellers, and at any of the buildings on tour day.



Fabulous Date Night(s) Basket full of activities for two includes: local restaurant gift certificates, spa, movies, and other adventures in The Gorge.

Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10–purchase at any building

Sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter BF