Vista House celebrates 100 dedication anniversary with private celebration at the iconic structure

Early 20th century attire was the preferred attire during a 100th celebration anniversary at the Vista House at Crown Point on Saturday, May 5, while 1920s-style cars parked outside the landmark.

During the private celebration attended by about 125 people, guest speakers from the state of Oregon shared remarks and a Wasco Tribe Chief gave a blessing, said Bob Woody, Vista House executive director.

A historic landmark on the Historic Columbia River Highway, Vista House was built in 1917 and dedicated in 1918 as a rest stop for motorists along the Columbia River Gorge. After falling into disrepair, the iconic domed structure went through extensive renovations in the early 2000s and now includes a museum and gift shop dedicated to the 102-year-old historic highway.

Many of those dressed in period fashion for the event do so on a regular basis to greet visitors at the landmark, Woody said.

The Portland-based Royal Rosarians raised the flag to start the celebration.

"They have raised the flag for every event at the Vista House since 1918, and they raised the flag for the 100th anniversary ceremony," he said.

The 1918-vintage flag was used at the original dedication ceremony and displayed in the house for the celebration, where it still hangs. The Rosarians didn't use the original flag at the anniversary because, at dimensions of 6 feet by 12 feet, it was too large to use outside, Woody explained.

Every weekend throughout the coming summer, period-style events will take place at Vista House to celebrate the anniversary, featuring folk art, basket weaving and dulcimer playing.

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