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Wilsonville in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Drug Store and Lodge Hall

 
 
Drug Store and Lodge Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, December 5, 2018
1. Drug Store and Lodge Hall Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1903, this building was important to area social life, serving as Wilsonville's first “community center.”

Meetings were held in a lodge hall that occupied the second floor. Area residents would also flock to the upstairs space for dances and occasional roller skating. Teens from nearby Butteville, Champoeg, Aurora and Donald would cross to the north bank for a Saturday night fling. The building even served as the town theater during the days of silent movies. Admission was five cents.

For years the ground floor was a place for “Drugs, Confectionery & Tobacco” (faded lettering can still be detected on the south exterior wall). The building also housed a butcher shop, and later a pool parlor and hotel rooms.

It operated as a feed store from the early 1940s until 1972. It then housed an antique store and art gallery before becoming a private residence.

Originally located just south of 2nd Street on the west side of Main Street (now Boones Ferry Road), it was moved to its present site in 1910 with the help of two horses and a stump puller.
 
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Drug Store and Lodge Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, December 5, 2018
2. Drug Store and Lodge Hall Marker
Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 45° 17.888′ N, 122° 46.452′ W. Marker is in Wilsonville, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is at the intersection of SW Boones Ferry Rd and SW 5th St, on the left when traveling south on SW Boones Ferry Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilsonville OR 97070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norris Young Machine Shop (a few steps from this marker); Site of the Train Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cottage Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The “Old Church” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Bill Flynn’s Saloon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boone’s Landing (approx. ¼ mile away); Tauchman House (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilsonville Baseball (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilsonville.
 
Also see . . .  Wilsonville History in Photos. (Submitted on December 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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