Museum attracts visitors from around the world in 2017
As the unofficial gateway to Mount Hood, Sandy sees its fair share of visitors from out of town every year. In 2017, 788 people indicated they visited from within the state of Oregon, while hundreds of people reported visiting from outside of the United States.
"Everybody's fun and they're usually always happy," said Sandy Jordan, who works at the Sandy Visitor's Center. "The majority are traveling over the mountain or visiting Portland and taking a drive. They want to know about where to hike, things to do."
With each person or family to enter the Sandy Historical Museum came a different story. One man from Germany was a ballroom dancer, and insisted on offering demonstration right there in the gift shop.
"We were talking and he just right off the bat said 'I do ballroom dancing,'" Jordan recalled. "He was probably 80, but he could move. Soon, there we were with no music, flying around in front of the book department."
Overall, the museum had more than 5,000 visitors in 2017, and that's just counting those who signed the guest book.
Most came to peruse the museum and almost 2,000 came for the visitor's center.
The top 10 countries people visited from included Canada, Japan, England, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Korea and Belgium.
"I just like meeting people," Jordan added. "I like giving them a good experience."