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The Dalles in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Umatilla House

1857 - 1930

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2017
1. Umatilla House Marker
Inscription. When this fine hotel was completed in 1857, it soon became nationally known for its architectural charm, lavish furnishings and fixtures and warm and gracious hospitality. This stately property was considered to be the finest hotel west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. Further, it became the meeting place for steamboat men, miners, sheep and cattlemen, freighters and citizens of The Dalles. The barroom was elaborately decorated and often stocked as much as 2,500 gallons of whiskey and was the scene of many high stakes card games.
The main dining room seated 250 persons and employed as many as 16 waiters and 12 cooks. This was backed by an abundantly stocked store-room that held hundreds of dozens of eggs. Beef and ham was purchased by the ton, while a number of farmers sold their entire crop of garden produce to the hotel. Considering the luxurious furnishings, outstanding service and quality of food and drink, it is no wonder that the Umatilla House was the center on Mid-Columbia affairs.
During its long and illustrious life, the hotel played host to may distinguished guests. Some of them were U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, General W.T. Sherman, Railroad Tycoon Henry Villard, author Charles F. Train, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Edison, England's Lord Litchfield, author Rudyard Kipling, Boxers John L. Sullivan and James
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2017
2. Umatilla House Marker
Corbett, U.S.Vice President Schuyler Colfax, Author and Humorist Mark Twain, and U.S. Senators J.N. Dalph and J.S. Mitchell.
The hotel had several owners that included H.P. Isaacs who sold it in 1883 to N.B. Sinnott and Major Dennis Hardly. They sold an interest to Judd S. Fish in 1893 and he sold to H.B. Salisbury in 1897.
The life of the Umatilla House was not alway a scene of fine dining and gracious living. It suffered several tragic events that included two devastating fires, each time it burned to the ground. On both occasions it was rebuilt only to damaged by the destructive flood of 1894.
The once proud hotel at First and Union St. fell into disrepair during the early 19--'s and was ordered destroyed by owner H.B. Salisbury on June 30, 1930.
"The Legend of the Umatilla House lives on today."

 
Erected by The Dalles Mural Society.
 
Location. 45° 36.16′ N, 121° 11.112′ W. Marker is in The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker is on West 2nd Street near Liberty Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 West 2nd Street, The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker);
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3. Umatilla House
Historic Downtown The Dalles (within shouting distance of this marker); Gates Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Wasco County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Thompson House (about 300 feet away); The Dalles Garage (about 300 feet away); Lemke Building (about 400 feet away); The Dalles City Hall 1908 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
 
Also see . . .  Umatlla House - Historic The Dalles. Everything you would want to known about the Umatilla House. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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4. Umatilla House, near the end
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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