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Rhododendron community on Mount Hood pays homage to local resource's 100th anniversary

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Rhododendron CPO President Steve Graeper emceed the centennial celebration of the Rhododendron Post Office. In 1920, the Rhododendron Post Office was established on Mount Hood. Since then, though the community remains small, a lot about Rhody has changed.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the community celebrated that 100-year journey with presentations and speeches by several local officials and personalities and, of course, a birthday cake and reception.

"The Centennial Celebration at Still Creek Inn exceeded my wildest expectations. I was very pleased with how well it went and the entire Centennial Celebration committee is to be commended on a job well done," said Rhododendron CPO President Steve Graeper. "I look forward to the Aug. 8 Centennial Celebration, which will be held in conjunction with the Steiner Cabin Tour (that) the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum is sponsoring in Rhododendron. Should be a wonderful event."

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Many people purchased commemorative Rhododendron stamps, envelopes and postage cancellations on Jan. 25. Among those who attended and spoke were House 52 Rep. Anna Williams, D-Hood River, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Louie Pitt, longtime mountain resident Rennee Lamoreaux, Rhododendron's last postmaster Tim Park and more.

Many flocked to the Still Creek Inn to not only hear the speakers but buy their memorial Rhododendron stamps, envelopes and mailing cancellations. Rhododendron hats and T-shirts were also sold.

There will be a second celebration in August, as part of the annual Steiner Cabin Tour.

The theme of this 100th year in Rhododendron is "While we cannot change history, we can certainly learn from it."


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