Welcome to the Troutdale Historical Society
Taking Care of Old Business First
Mayors Square Mural, located in downtown Troutdale at Mayors Square - muralist Dwayne Harty commissioned by THS and funded through a Community Enhancement Project grant through the City of Troutdale in 2016.
To keep the public safe and help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Troutdale Historical Society has made the decision to temporarily close the Barn Exhibit Hall and the Harlow House Museum until further notice.
A panoramic view of Troutdale's east end with Troutdale City Hall and Wilson Construction/Larsson Garage on Historic Columbia River Highway. The white two story house uphill on the left above City Hall was the home of Clara Larsson, c1930
Our mission at the Troutdale Historical Society is to gather and preserve material relating to the history of the community of Troutdale, the Sandy River, the Columbia River Gorge, and nearby areas to be available for public viewing. We are committed to stimulating interest in the history and knowledge of our past.
The year 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway. We continue to educate visitors at our King of Roads-Byway of the People exhibit describing the construction, destruction, and rebuilding of the Columbia River Gorge scenic route. Our programs focus on local landmarks, buildings, and sites in our community that tell the story of Troutdale.
Annually, we host a festive Christmas open house in the historic Harlow House, and eleven months of the year, on the last Tuesday of the month we co-host a fascinating history program at McMenamins Edgefield. Keep an eye on our events page for more programs hosted by the Troutdale Historical Society.
Would you like to become a member of the Troutdale Historical Society?
We have two different ways to sign up on our membership page; print out and complete our membership application or select the plan you want. You will receive a quarterly newsletter, updates in upcoming activities, a reduction in membership cost with the Oregon Historical Society, a 10% discount to our Barn Store, and even a part in running our museums. We even have room for volunteers to learn and grow in historical work.
Harlow House Museum, Barn Exhibit Hall
Depot Rail Museum & Caboose
We maintain three museums - Fred E Harlow farmhouse built c1900; Barn Exhibit Hall currently exhibiting King of Roads - Byway of the People; 1907 Depot Rail Museum and 1975 CA-10 Union Pacific Caboose. Our museums educate the immediate community and visitors about the history of Troutdale and surrounding areas with rotating exhibits illustrating our unique and colorful history.
Fred E Harlow House, c1900
726 E Historic Columbia River Highway
Open: Sunday 1pm-3pm
Closed: Monday - Saturday
Barn Exhibit Hall, 1998
732 E Historic Columbia River Highway
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 1pm - 3pm.
Closed: Monday & Tuesday
Thank you for supporting Oregon History
Abigail Scott Duniway casts a vote in Portland, 1914, OHS Library, Neg. Oreg 4601
On May 17, 2016,
Multnomah County said “YES” to Oregon history and passed the Oregon Historical Society levy
(Measure 26-174) with 70% approval.
What that Means for you:
This allows all Multnomah County Residents free
admission to all Historical Society museums
in East Multnomah County.
Shop & Donate
Shop at these participating businesses and they will donate a percentage to the Troutdale Historical Society.
Sign up is easy...click on an image and it will direct you to their website.
Click the logo to find out more about each business.