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Troutdale Historical Society and museums - moments in the news


July 19, 2023
First Barnyard Concert of 2023 is a major success! Another to come...

Troutdale Historical Society threw a free Barnyard Concert on July 7th with children and family dance party band, Micah & Me. The turn out was incredible with more than 150 people in the audience. Everyone enjoyed the music, with the little ones dancing their hearts out, and the free cookies and popcorn in the evening summer air. 

The next Barnyard Concert is scheduled for September 1st of this year, starring Josh Putnam. He's a singer songwriter with a background in worship music and leadership. We expect this to be a fabulous time for everyone and best of all: it's FREE!

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May 1, 2022
Troutdale Celebrates Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center
Christopher Keizur, The Outlook Pamplin Media Group


Courtesy photo: City of Troutdale

Mayor Randy Lauer and Sharon Nesbit cut the ribbon at the new Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center

City leaders and members of the Troutdale Historical Society had beaming smiles as they unveiled the Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center and Depot Rail Museum Saturday, April 30. Both are located inside the historic Troutdale Rail Depot, 475 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. The museum occupies the original ticket counter and office side of the building, while the visitor center is in the original freight loading area. To read the full story click HERE.

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March 28, 2022
East County's Historic

Women of Distinction

Christopher Keizur, The Outlook

Pamplin Media Group

One of the first women to be named mayor in Oregon led Troutdale after the turn of the century, just a year after women received the right to vote and during a time when the town was notorious for its rash of saloons.

Clara Latourell Larsson was a prominent women in East Multnomah County. She was born in 1875 into "Gorge Royalty" — the Latourell family, who had built the eponymous town that was a popular stop along the train tracks, with raucous dances, performances, and hot meals. She was also one-quarter Native American, with her mother hailing from the Yakima Tribe across the river.

To continue click HERE

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Clara Latourell Larsson bronze monument

Troutdale's Mayors Square

114 E Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon

September 21, 2019
NBCSN show Off the Grid, aired 

Promo to advertise the Grand Prix of Portland on the NBCSN show Off The Grid. There is a glimpse of the Barn Exhibit Hall and the Historic Columbia River Highway. 


September/October 2019
Via Magazine  

Return to the Gorge: After the fire, rebirth and revival. 

May 1, 2018
City of Gresham 

City Council Meeting

Sharon Nesbit is honored for her "monumental" contribution to preserving history in East Multnomah County. Mayor Shane Bemis proclaimed May 1, 2018 as "Sharon Nesbit Day." Watch her award recognition at 13.34 minutes into the video. Click here.​ 


April 17, 2018

Gresham Outlook
Sharon Nesbit honored for efforts to protect, chronicle local history.

Longtime Gresham Outlook reporter, columnist earns 2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.


March 17, 2018

Gresham Outlook
'Lovers Oak' Tree Returns to Troutdale

​Historic rendezvous spot returns to life through a new art installation in Harlow House Park


November 21, 2017

Huffington Post
Columbia River Gorge is Open for Business - as as Beautiful as Ever

November 1, 2017

1859 Oregon's Magazine
Exploring Troutdale, The Gateway to the Gorge

Trip Planner: Troutdale, Oregon

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