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Chinese Puzzles

January 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dinner & Program $19; Program only $5

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Chinese Puzzles,” with Marilyn Urness, Friday, January 12, 2018. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

The dinner menu will be Chicken Florentine, broccoli and tortellini salad, rolls and dessert.

Learn how a very small bottle opened up a very big mystery for Marilyn Urness when the artifact was uncovered during an expansion of her husband’s auto dealership. The puzzle began with the finding of a small bottle of cosmetic oil with Chinese characters on the label that had to be over 100 years old. Marilyn began her detective work to pursue the other puzzling clues left behind by the Chinese community that once dwelled in The Dalles.

Marilyn has been adding to her story and gathering more information. She will offer information and insight about reports of Chinese tunnels. Hear about the Chinese farmer in the 1940’s where the Albertson’s grocery store once stood, and a court case in which a Chinese woman won her claim in Dalles City.

Urness has written a book about her experiences and what she’s learned. Her self-published book, “Chinatown,” is available for sale in the Columbia River Trading Co. museum store.


Ticket prices for the dinner and presentation are $19. The presentation only is just $5. Make reservations by January 10. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 x 201, or visit


We say goodbye the end of January to our exhibit: “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.” You are encouraged to view this important piece of local history before the exhibit is gone. Our thanks to Eric Gleason, Jacqui Cheung, Chris Bolton and Marilyn Urness for their dedication in bringing the lives of The Dalles Chinatown into the spotlight.