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Every Friday in Stumptown Stumper, the Portland Tribune offers a trivia question and answer that helps you boost your Rose City IQ.
This week's Stumper: Which mansion in Portland was built for the great-granddaughter of famous pioneer Daniel Boone?
It's a little-known fact that the frontiersman's great-granddaughter Amanda Laura Boone was married to David Cole - a ship captain who built a house in Portland in 1885.
It wasn't just any house. Cole, who also owned a chain of hardware and lumber stores, apparently turned the home into a display of modern conveniences. His house is said to be the first in Portland to have running hot and cold water, central heating, interior electricity and a windmill-powered water pump.
The house, at 1441 N. McClellan St., deteriorated over time but underwent a major renovation in 1999 by its owner, Patricia Reed. It now is known as the David Cole Queen Anne Victorian Mansion, and is open for tours, weddings, tea parties and holiday events.
Tualatin residents Peter and Deborah Smith bought the mansion from Reed just over a year ago, intrigued by its charm and rich history. Reed had filled it with artifacts from around the globe: antique furniture, old clothing including Amanda Laura Boone's wedding dress and slippers, old photographs, lithographs, magazine covers and other artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
'My wife wanted a dollhouse, a bigger one,' said Peter Smith, who acts as the gardener and handyman.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion also has its original wood fixtures and houses one of the largest displays of Povey stained glass in the world. Povey glass is known for its round, faceted jewels and image of a bird in every window.
Smith said the building was constructed of lumber that was milled entirely on the property. In 1885, he said, the cost of the building came to $8,000, 'a heck of a lot of money back then.'
During the holidays, the mansion hosts a toy drive, food drive and self-guided tours during its 'Miracle of a Million Lights' display. For information, call 503-283-3224 or go to www.queenannevictorianmansion.com.
Next week's Stumper: What are the four colors of the city of Portland's official flag?