This weekend history buffs will be flocking into downtown Troutdale to celebrate the grand opening of a new visitor center and updated museum.
Saturday, April 30, the city of Troutdale will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center and the Troutdale Historical Society's updated Depot Rail Museum.
Both are located inside the historic Troutdale Rail Depot, 475 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, at the far end of downtown. The museum occupies the original ticket counter and office side of the building, while the visitor center is in the original freight loading area.
Tours of the museum will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, and the ribbon cutting will be at noon. An open house for both facilities will continue to 4 p.m. with cake and light refreshments.
The Gorge Visitor Center follows the city's efforts of creating an official tourism brand — Explore Troutdale. The visitor center will share information about Troutdale, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. There will also be a small collection of merchandise for purchase.
A highlight of the space is the display of a stunning restoration of the Multnomah Falls painting that once hung in Council Chambers at the old City Hall building. The painting was commissioned more than 100 years ago by the Multnomah Hotel (now Embassy Suites Downtown Portland. The painting is 10 feet high by 6 and a half feet wide.
The Troutdale Rail Depot was built in 1907 after a fire destroyed the original depot. The building was moved from its original location on the north side of the tracks to its present home in 1976.
The Visitor Center will be officially open Thursday, May 19. It will be staffed Thursday-Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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