Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Edgefield History Pub

Vista House: For the Love of the Journey

Edgefield - Blackberry Hall

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Vista House: For the Love of the Journey

Vista House: For the Love of the Journey

Presented by Miranda Mendoza, Oregon State Parks

The man who designed the Columbia River Highway had a vision for a future of travel through the Gorge that encompassed both function and emotion. Engineer Samuel Lancaster saw a practical need to improve east-west transportation in the state, and he understood the vital need to preserve and experience natural beauty.

Along this landmark route, he envisioned a structure that would merge the two ideals. Completed May 5, 1918, Vista House accomplished just that. Perched atop Crown Point, the building was so much more than a rest stop — it embodied the love of the journey and provided visitors comfort and a connection to the vast beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.

For the last hundred years, the captivating power of Vista House has never waned though it has not been without challenges. Join us as we explore the history of the Vista House along with the stories of the tireless work and labors of love provided by many and ensuring it continues to be a place of comfort as well as a gateway to the Gorge.

 About the Speaker:

Miranda Mendoza is and interpretive park ranger for the West Columbia Gorge Management Unit of Oregon State Parks. Having worked  for State Parks since 2000, she has had the privilege of working with several of Oregon’s amazing historic sites including the Sumpter Valley Dredge, Collier Logging Museum, Wolf Creek Inn, and now the Vista House.

When not on duty, Miranda enjoys getting off the beaten path exploring the surrounding woods and mountains, writing, photography, and woodworking.

About Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp