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Welcome to the Troutdale Historical Society

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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.

Our Mission


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

The Troutdale Historical Society is organized and shall be operated exclusively to gather, preserve, and make available museum, record, and other material relating to the history of the community of Troutdale, the northern portion of the Sandy River, and nearby areas to stimulate an interest in, and knowledge of the locality's 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, on the second Monday 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.

Our Museums

Harlow House Museum 
THS 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. 

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Fred E Harlow House, c1900

726 E Historic Columbia River Highway

Open:  Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 3pm


Closed: Monday - Wednesday

Admission: Free - donations gladly accepted

Barn Exhibit Hall, 1998

732 E Historic Columbia River Highway 

Open:  Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 3pm

Closed: Monday - Wednesday


Admission: $5 - ages 12 years +

                           Free - under 12 years, THS Members, and     

                           Multnomah County Residents

Depot Rail Museum, 1907
CA-10 Union Pacific Caboose, 1975

473 E Historic Columbia River Highway 

Open:  Monday - Thursday 9am - 3pm

              Friday - Sunday 9am - 5pm

Admission: Free - donations gladly accepted

Caboose is unavailable for tours at this time.

Thank you for supporting Oregon History

On May 18, 2021,

Multnomah County said “YES” to Oregon history and passed the Oregon Historical Society levy (Measure 26-221) with 78.53% approval. Thank you "Yes for Oregon History" for your support! 

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 Fred Meyer and they will donate a percentage to the Troutdale Historical Society.


​Sign up is on the image and it will direct you to their website.

Business Sponsors - Thank you!

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Physical: 732 E Historic Columbia River Hwy 

Mailing: 219 E Historic Columbia River Hwy

Troutdale, OR 97060

(503) 661-2164

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Troutdale Historical Society

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