Cultural Inventory

The members of the Wasco County Cultural Coalition developed this inventory.  Survey data at the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office was included for properties listed as “eligible/significant” in respect to the National Register of Historic Places.  Individual homes with this designation that are privately owned are not included here, but historic districts are included.  In developing this list the coalition sought to include all the communities of Wasco County: Antelope, Celilo, Clarno, Dufur, Maupin, Mosier, Rowena, Shaniko, The Dalles, Tygh Valley, and Wamic. 

The coalition recognizes that the list may not be complete and welcomes additional information for inclusion in future drafts.  Some entries are listed more than once if they are both a historic structure and a cultural organization.


Historical Societies

Arts/Cultural Organizations

Community Music Organizations

Education/Childhood Development

Annual Events

Public Art

Historic Sites

Historic Cemeteries

Historic Travel Routes



Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and
Wasco County Historical Museum
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

Dufur Historical Museum
located in the historic Schreiber Log Cabin
93 N. Main Street
Dufur, OR 97021

Ft. Dalles Museum
oldest history museum in Oregon
located in the Fort Dalles Surgeon’s Quarters historic building
500 West 15th Street
The Dalles ,OR 97058

The Museum at Warm Springs
PO Box 909
Warm Springs, OR 97761

Seufert Visitor Center/The Dalles Dam
Hwy 197
The Dalles, OR 97058

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Historical Societies

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society
c/o Lorna Elliot, The Dalles Public Library
722 Court Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

Dufur Historical Society
Located in the Historic Schreiber Log Cabin

Wasco County Historical Society
located at historic Rorick House
300 W. 13th Street St. The Dalles OR 97058

Wasco County Pioneer Association
PO Box 582
The Dalles OR 97058

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Arts/Cultural Organizations

Columbia Fibers Guild
c/o Carolyn Wright
PO Box 153
The Dalles, OR 97058

Encore Performing Arts
PO Box 791
The Dalles, OR 97058

Masqueraders, Inc. PO Box 577
The Dalles, OR 97058.

Mid-Columbia Folklore Society 

The Dalles Art Center
220 East 4th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

All Together The Dalles
220 East 4th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

Southern Wasco County Library
410 Deschutes Ave. Maupin, OR 97037

The Dalles Family History Center
1815 E. 15th
The Dalles, OR 97058.

The Dalles Mural Society

The Dalles Theater Company

The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library
722 Court Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

Town & Country Players
PO Box 62
Maupin, OR 97037

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Community Music Organizations

Gorge Winds Concert Band
Greg Weast, Columbia River Music
410 East 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
or San and Diana Grott,

Fireside Acoustic Music Concerts
sponsored by the Civic Auditorium
Dan Ross, Columbia River Music
410 East 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
541-298-4326 (w), 541-296-4918 (h)

Mid-Columbia Symphoneta

Mid-Columbia Community Concert
Patty Blagg 541-298-4352

Cascade Singers
Lloyd Walworth
308 East 10th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

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Education/Childhood Development

Columbia Gorge Arts in Education
Leith Gaines
1009 Eugene Street
Hood River, OR 97031

Columbia Gorge Community College
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

Dufur School District
802 NE 5th Street
Dufur, OR 97021

Mid-Columbia Music Teachers Association
1301 Hermits Way
The Dalles, OR 97058

Mosier Community Charter School
PO Box 307
1204 1st Ave. Mosier, OR 97040

North Wasco County School District
3632 West 10th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

South Wasco County School District
PO Box 346
Maupin, OR 97037

St. Mary’s Academy
1112 Cherry Heights Rd. The Dalles, OR 97058

P.O. Box 355
The Dalles, OR 97058

Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC)
of Wasco County and Migrant Head Start Program
1300 West 9th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

Migrant Education Program
400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 207
The Dalles 97058

The Dalles Head Start Program
1717 W. 10th St. The Dalles, OR 97058
Operated through Mid-Columbia Children’s Council
1100 E. Marina Way, Suite 250
Hood River, OR 97031

The Dalles Wahtonka Alternative School
Brian Goodwin, 296-3082

Tygh Valley Head Start
Operated through Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, 541-386-2010. 1100 E. Marina Way, Suite 250
Hood River, OR 97031

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Annual Events

Barlow Road Interpretive Programs, mid-September living history and pioneer wagon camp at White River Station Campground, sponsored by Barlow Ranger District, US Forest Service, 541-467-2291.

Celilo Pow-Wow

Dufur Threshing Bee, mid-August Dufur community event.

Ft. Dalles Rodeo, mid-July in The Dalles, Ft. Dalles Rodeo Association.

Historic The Dalles Days, September event, Dan Spatz, Editor, The Dalles Chronicle, 315 Federal, The Dalles, OR 97058, 541-296-2141.

Neon Nights, summer concert in The Dalles, Randy Haines Production, 541-296-1632.

Northwest Cherry Festival, mid-April, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, 404 W. 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058, 541-296-2231.

Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days Powwow, late June, Warm Springs, 541-553-1293.

Shaniko Days, early August community event.

Starlight Parade, late November, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, 404 W. 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058, 541-296-2231.

Wasco County Fair, mid-August event held in Tygh Valley

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Public Art

The Dalles Downtown Murals

Antelope sculpture at The Dalles County Court House, 511 Washington Street

Totem at Mosier

Bear sculptures at The Dalles - Wasco County Public Library, 722 Court Street

The Dalles Art Center, changing exhibits open free to the public, 220 E. 4th Street

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Historic Sites

The Dalles

Anderson (Lewis) House and Barn
Carnegie Library
Civic Auditorium
Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway
Eagle Caves
Fort Dalles Surgeon’s Quarters
Granada Theater
Indian Shaker Church & Gulich Homestead
Original Wasco County Courthouse
Pulpit Rock
Rock Fort Lewis and Clark Campsite
St. Peters Landmark, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church
The Dalles Commercial Historic District
Tom McCall Park
Trevitt’s Addition Historic District

City Jail-1890 Vernacular
Methodist Episcopal Church-1897 Arts & Crafts
AOUW Lodge Hall-1893 Vernacular

Historic Celilo Falls 

Clarno School-1914 vernacular

Balch Hotel, 1907 brick Italianate
Schreiber Log Cabin-1901 Vernacular

Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway

Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway, including historic twin tunnels
Mosier Mounds Complex

Barlow Road, Barlow Road Historic District
Smock Parairie Schoolhouse

Shaniko Historic District
Imperial Stock Ranch Headquarters

Livery Stable
Stage Stop

Friend School
Buskuhl Store and Post Office

Other Properties
Shearers Bridge
White River Falls
Schoolhouses/Grange Halls throughout county
Petroglyphs (in natural locations)

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Historic Cemeteries

Antelope Cemetery
Bakeoven Cemetery
Buzan (Flanagan) Cemetery
Catholic (Kingsley/Henricks) Cemetery
Catholic Cemetery-Dufur
Celilo Indian Cemetery, above Celilo
Clarno Cemetery
Cow Canyon Grade
Criterion Cemetery
Eightmile Cemetery
French Cemetery
Friend Cemetery
GAR Cemetery
Grave Island Memorial
Graveyard Butte Cemetery
Happy Ridge, Tygh Valley
Henderson Pioneer Cemetery
Hinton-Ward Cemetery
Hot Springs Cemetery
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery-Dufur
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery-Mosier
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery-The Dalles
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery-Tygh Valley
Kelly Cemetery-Maupin
Kingsley Cemetery
Lone Pine Cemetery
Masonic Cemetery-The Dalles
McClure Cemetery-Mosier
Memaloose Island
Miller Cemetery
Mosier Pioneer Cemetery
Obrist cemetery
Petersburg Cemetery
Pioneer Cemetery
Pratt Cemetery
Red lake Cemetery
Rice Cemetery
Saint Peters Catholic Cemetery
Simnasho Cemetery
Smock Prairie-Wamic
Sunset Cemetery-The Dalles
Tillotson Cemetery
Traxtle Cemetery
Tygh Valley Pioneer Cemetery
Upper Mill Creek Cemetery
Viewpoint Grave Island memorial
Wamic Cemetery
Wapinitia Cemetery
Warner Cemetery

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Historic Travel Routes

Lewis and  Clark  Trail
Oregon  Trail           
Barlow  Road
The  Dalles  Military Road 
The  Celilo  Canal (1915 - 1957)     
The Dalles - California  Highway (1925)

The  Railroads :
The Dalles -  Celilo  Railroad (1863-1882)
Oregon State Portage  Railroad  (1905-1915)
The Oregon Rail & Navigation and Union  Pacific (1882 - present)
The Great  Southern Railroad - The Dalles to Friend (1905-1936)
The  Columbia  Southern Railroad - to Shaniko (1897 - 1964)
The Oregon  Trunk Railroad - up the Deschutes River (1911- present)
The Deschutes Railroad - up the Deschutes River (1911-1936)