Friday, September 24, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - Vista House

Vista House, Crown Point, Columbia River Highway Oregon

Crown Point is a promontory on the River Gorge about 15 miles east of Portland. The scenic outlook is about 733 feet above the river.

Crown Point Vista House was built from 1916 to 1918 as a memorial to Oregon Pioneers, as a rest stop for weary travelers. With its marble interior and brass fixtures, some Oregonians at the time nicknamed it "The $100,000 Outhouse".

Today the building serves as a rest stop, there is a public restroom with a concession and interpretive center. It was refurbished and the interior restored to its 1918 appearance at a cost of close to $4,000,000; it reopened in 2005. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To read more go to Vista House.

Thank you Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday at The Best Hearts Are Crunchy.

Note: All cards I share on PFF are from my collection.

Please leave a comment and let me know you stopped by.


Cindy Adkins said...

What an awesome post--and so interesting!!!
I hope you have a great weekend!

Beth Niquette said...

I have been there so many times over the years. In fact, some of the best sunset photos I've ever taken have been from the railing next to that wonderful old building.

Daddy used to call it the "million dollar toilet." Hmmm...I think people were stunned at the amount of money it took to build it. lol

Happy PFF!

Bob of Holland said...

The view of this place must be awesome. Thanks for taking us there. Happy PFF.

viridian said...

I like Beth's dad's comment - the million dollar toilet. Lovely though, and there must be a great view.

Postcardy said...

Looks like a great place to visit.

BTW there's some unintended humor in a spelling error. I'm sure you mean "interpretive" not "interruptive."

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I can see why they called it the $100,000 outhouse. Now it's a $4,000,000 one!

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful places and tidbits of trivia too! :)


Scrapping With Sherry said...

Thank you for taking the time to come by and leave a comment. I had a good time making the tag. Its funny but sometimes i am too simple and others i go hog wild. Need to find a happy medium... or maybe not! Loved reading about this area. It is always fun to know that there are others out there close to me.

Hope to see you visiting again soon- Sherry