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The Famous Umatilla House

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$5 – $19

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents Susan Buce’s “The Famous Umatilla House”

Umatilla House Susan Buce The Dalles, Oregon

Dinner at 6pm, Program at 7pm | Dinner & Program: $19 | Program-Only: $5

Join Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum’s Registrar, Susan Buce, in an evening dedicated to the famous Umatilla House at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on Friday, March 13th. During the days when Dalles City was a bustling new town in the wild west, the Umatilla House was the best known landmark in the Columbia Gorge. Known as the most famous hotel north of San Francisco and west of Minneapolis, Umatilla House was a popular meeting place for folks both famous and infamous. With the railroad at the front door and the steamboat dock at the back, Umatilla House was a welcome sight for travelers, far and wide. Proprietors, Nicholas Sinnott and Daniel Handley, were a pair of Irish immigrants who kept the hotel going regardless of fires and floods, serving up to 1500 meals a day, and 300 guests a night. Gone but not forgotten, learn why the Umatilla House still holds a special place in the history of The Dalles.

Susan Buce is self-taught historian who loves the history of the early years of The Dalles and the people who made their mark in the history of the Columbia Gorge. Now as the registrar at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, she has a unique chance to explore local history in depth.

*Be sure to purchase tickets here, on the phone, or in-person before the day of the event, as spots are never guaranteed the day of the event and dinner tickets will not be available the day of the event.

Umatilla House The Dalles, Oregon

Dinner menu:

Apple Cider and Caramelized Onion Braised Beef
Baby Red Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans
Simple Salad
Freshly Baked Bread



March 13
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $19
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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
541.296.8600 #201


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