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

Site of Bill Flynn’s Saloon

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, December 5, 2018
1. Site of Bill Flynn’s Saloon Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1905 and named for its colorful owner, Bill Flynn’s Saloon was a favorite hangout for residents and weary travelers. Farmers would park their wagons outside the saloon to rest their horses before the climb up “Whiskey Hill,” where the present-day freeway underpass is located.

Flynn catered to wayfarers who cozied up to a mahogany bar while awaiting passage on the river ferry. Other customers during the saloon’s heyday included the more than 200 construction workers who built the railway bridge during Wilsonville’s first “boom,” 1906-07. The saloon closed in 1914, six months before the state went dry. It reopened after Prohibition ended in 1933 and was renamed the Ronoake Inn in honor of the brand-name house specialty whiskey that was served there.

The saloon building, used for storage purposes for many years, survived until April 1971 when it collapsed during a wind storm.
 
Erected by Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location.
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By Douglass Halvorsen, December 5, 2018
2. Site of Bill Flynn’s Saloon Marker
45° 17.71′ N, 122° 46.505′ W. Marker is in Wilsonville, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on SW Boones Ferry Rd, on the right when traveling south. 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. Boone’s Landing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tauchman House (about 400 feet away); Norris Young Machine Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cottage Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Drug Store and Lodge Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Train Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); The “Old Church” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilsonville Baseball (approx. 0.7 miles 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 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 36 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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