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Hood River Oregon History


Hood River County Historical Museum
Explore this unique & diverse collection of Hood River County memorabilia. 2011 Hours opening March 21st:  March & April; Thurs-Mon 11-3. Summer Hours:  May–September, Mon – Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5.  Closed starting September 6th for Phase I Renovation Construction (open February 1, 2012).  $3 Admission / free for children 10 and under / free for currently serving U.S. Military and their families. Located in the Port Marina Park, exit #64 off  I-84.  Contact:  541-386-6772 / [email protected]

Hood River County History
It wasn't until 1805 that the Columbia River Valley was explored. The Lewis and Clark Expedition paved the way and named the glacial stream now known as the Hood River. Followed by Lewis and Clark were the trappers, fur traders, and pioneer settlers. In 1854 the first permanent settlers were the Nathaniel Coe family, filing a donation land claim on land now included in the City of Hood River. Nathaniel Coe was the first to plant fruit trees in the valley. The William Jenkins family and the Denson family were soon to file donation land claims. Thus began the settlement of the Hood River Valley.

Pioneer History
To give historical perspective: The first permanent settlers in what was to become Hood River County filed a donation land claim in 1854; by 1880 seventeen families lived in the region. Our first story begins in 1882.

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