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"View Point Inn, Oregon"
Includes ... View Point Inn ... Palmer House ... National Register of Historic Places ... "Twilight" ...
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Sign, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.


View Point Inn ...
The View Point Inn, once known as "Palmer House", is located on Larch Mountain Road, above Chanticleer Point and Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge at Columbia River Mile (RM) _____. The Inn overlooks the Gorge and has fantastic views of the Columbia River. The small Oregon community of Corbett is nearby. In 1985 the View Point Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places (Building #85000367).

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View Point Inn as seen from Chanticleer Point (Portland Women's Forum). Image taken June 28, 2009.
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View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.


Roadhouses of the Historic Columbia River Highway ...
In the early days of the Historic Columbia River Highway roadhouses along the route were the establishments to visit, attracting the rich and famous. Chanticleer Inn, now the location of the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, was only 22 miles from Portland. Crown Point Chalet overlooked Vista House and nearby was the View Point Inn, established in 1925. Latourell Chalet was established in 1914 and had a brief 3-month history and soon afterwards Maffet's Villa was built. Nearby was Forest Hall and Bridal Veil Lodge. Multnomah Lodge was located at the base of Mist Falls and Multnomah Falls Lodge still exists and is located at the beautiful Multnomah Falls, and further along the road were Lindsey Creek Inn and a roadhouse at Mitchell Point. Furthest along the route was the Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, a resort still quite popular today.
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The View ...
The View Point Inn sits high atop Columbia River basalt flows and looks north across the Columbia River towards the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge and Point Vancouver. Point Vancouver was the farthest upriver navigated by Lieutenant William Broughton in 1792, as he explored the Columbia River for the Vancouver expedition.

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View from the View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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View of the Columbia River as seen from View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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View of Chanticleer Point as seen from View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.


View Point Inn History ...
"The View Point Inn, as it came to be called and is referred to today, was built on land owned by Lorens Lund, a Danish immigrant who came to the United States in the 1870’s. His Norwegian wife, Mari, had arrived in 1859. They gave the name Thor’s Heights to their 120 acres overlooking Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge.

Purchased by the Grace H. Palmer Corporation, Mrs. Palmer hired highly renowned Portland architect Carl Linde to design and build a $47,000 Tudor Arts and Crafts Style “tea house” and “resort”. The Palmer House, as it came to be called, opened on June 4, 1925 when automobile tourism had come to the Gorge via the Columbia River Highway. ...

In 1927 bankruptcy forced the Grace H. Palmer Corporation to liquidate and sell the Palmer House. William Moessner from Pforzheim, Germany and chef de cuisine of the prestigious Benson Hotel in downtown Portland, purchased it and renamed it The View Point Hotel. He created and ran a highly successful business with his wife Clara for 50 years. It was during this time that such notables as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood and European royalty frequented Moessner’s establishment. The View Point Hotel remained highly successful into the 1960’s.

After the opening of Interstate 84 automobile tourism along the Columbia River Highway faded away with the other inns and restaurants dotting the scenic highway. ...

The inn was subsequently purchased in 1982 by Doug and Karen Watson and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Only four properties boast this prestigious distinction in the entire National Scenic Area. The other three properties are government owned and operated. The Watson’s were unable to maintain The View Point Inn as a residence and in 1997 ... [Geoff Thompson] secured his View Point Inn. ...

After losing the inn in 1999 Geoff Thompson went to Los Angeles, California ... The View Point Inn sat vacant and abandoned for four years. Thompson returned to Oregon ... in December of 2003 to secure and once again purchase The View Point Inn with partner Angelo Simione. ...

Spearheaded by Geoff Thompson, the inn continues to be restored, renovated and loved into what he refers to as a “step back in time”. His visionary master plan and continued commitment is seeing his View Point Inn become a world class 5 star boutique hotel with restaurant, gift shop and visitors center. ... The complete vision is to return the property to its original grandeur including furnishings and decor that invite guests to step back to an earlier period of time. As one of the last remaining and best preserved of these 1920’s and 30’s era resorts and inns, and as recognized by its status on the National Register of Historic Places, The View Point Inn is uniquely positioned to provide an experience and perspective otherwise not available in the Scenic Area. "


Source:    "The View Point Inn" website, 2009.


"Twilight" ... the movie ...
The View Point Inn was the location of the Bella and Edward's high-school prom in the 2008 vampire hit "Twilight".
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"Twilight" Walk of Fame, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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"Twilight" Walk of Fame, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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"Twilight" Walk of Fame, "Bella Swan", View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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"Twilight" Walk of Fame, "Edward Cullen", View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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"Twilight" Walk of Fame, "Edward Cullan, Bella Swan, Forever", View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.


Views ...

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Sign, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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Windows, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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Fountain, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
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Lily pads, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.


2011 Fire


Fire 2011 ...
On sunday, July 10, 2011, sparks from a chimney started a three-alarm fire which damaged the historic View Point Inn, with flames burning through the Inn's cedar shake roof and gutting the top floor. The fire was spotted by two "Twilight" fans, visiting the location of Edward and Bella's prom night in the 2008 movie. As of this early date (a week later) the future of the Inn is unknown.

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View Point Inn, after fire. Image taken July 15, 2011.
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View Point Inn, after fire. Image taken July 15, 2011.
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View Point Inn, after fire. Image taken July 15, 2011.


New Roof ...

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New roof, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken October 25, 2017.
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New roof, View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken October 25, 2017.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 3, 1805 ...
The Fog So thick [typical of the Pacific Northwest in the fall and spring] this morning that we could not See a man 50 Steps off, this fog detained us untill 10 oClock at which time we Set out [from their camp at Rooster Rock], ...    I walked on the Sand beech Lard. Side, opposit the canoes as they passed allong. The under groth rushes, vines &c. in the bottoms too thick to pass through, at 3 miles I arrived at the enterance of a river [Sandy River] which appeared to Scatter over a Sand bar, the bottom of which I could See quite across and did not appear to be 4 Inches deep in any part; I attempted to wade this Stream and to my astonishment found the bottom a quick Sand, and impassable- I called to the Canoes to put to Shore, I got into the Canoe and landed below the mouth, & Capt Lewis and my Self walked up this river about 1˝ miles to examine this river which we found to be a verry Considerable Stream Dischargeing its waters through 2 Chanels which forms an Island [Sandy River Delta, which has had various names throughout history] of about 3 miles in length on the river and 1˝ miles wide, composed of Corse Sand which is thrown out of this quick Sand river Compressing the waters of the Columbia and throwing the whole Current of its waters against its Northern banks, within a Chanel of ˝ a mile wide, Several Small Islands 1 mile up this river, This Stream has much the appearance of the River Platt: roleing its quick Sands into the bottoms with great velocity after which it is divided into 2 Chanels by a large Sand bar before mentioned, the narrowest part of this River is 120 yards-on the Opposit Side of the Columbia a <large Creek> falls in [Washougal River]     above this Creek on the Same Side is a Small prarie [location of Washougal, Washington, Cottonwood Beach, now the home of Captain William Clark Park, and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge]. extensive low country on each Side thickly timbered [low area upstream of Cottonwood Beach and Captain William Clark Park is the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge].

The Quick Sand river [Sandy River] appears to pass through the low countrey at the foot of those high range of mountains in a Southerly direction,- The large Creeks which fall into the Columbia on the Stard. Side [Washougal River] rise in the Same range of mountains to the N. N. E. and pass through Some ridgey land- A Mountain which we Suppose to be Mt. Hood [Mount Hood, Oregon] is S. 85° E about 47 miles distant from the mouth of quick sand river [Sandy River]     This mtn. is Covered with Snow and in the range of mountains which we have passed through and is of a Conical form but rugid- after takeing dinner at the mouth of this river [Sandy River]  we proceeded on passed the head of a Island [Lady Island] near the lard Side [???] back of which on the Same Side and near the head a large Creek falls in [Washougal River, today the town of Camas, Washington, lies between Lady Island and the Washougal River], and nearly opposit & 3 miles below the upper mouth of quick Sand river is the lower mouth, [for?] This Island [Lady Island] is 3 1/2 miles long, has rocks at the upper point, Some timber on the borders of this Island in the middle open and ponney. Some rugid rocks in the middle of the Stream opposit this Island.   <proceeded in> to Center of a large Island in the middle of the river which we call Dimond Isld. [Government Island] from its appearance, here we met 15 Indn men in 2 canoes from below, they informed us they Saw 3 vestles below &c. &c. we landed on the North Side of this Dimond Island and Encamped [on the north side of Government Island, perhaps opposite Fishers Landing],     Capt. L walked out with his gun on the Island, Sent out hunters & fowlers- below quick Sand River [Sandy River] the Countrey is low rich and thickly timbered on each Side of the river  [on the Oregon side this area is the eastern end of the Columbia Slough, located on the floodplain of the Willamette River with the Columbia River],   the Islands open & Some ponds river wide and emence numbers of fowls flying in every direction Such as Swan, geese, Brants, Cranes, Stalks, white guls, comerants & plevers &c. also great numbers of Sea Otter in the river [Harbor Seals] -     a Canoe arrived from the village below the last rapid ...     Capt Lewis borrowed a Small Canoe of those Indians & 4 men took her across to a Small lake in the Isld. [Government Island] ...    ...  :  note the mountain we Saw from near the forks proves to be Mount Hood [Mount Hood, Oregon]





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    View Point Inn website, 2009;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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