Downtown Walking Tour

The Dalles Main Street photo

Twenty Four historic buildings. That’s is quite a lot for a Downtown the size of The Dalles’s. Home to the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the state of Oregon as well as two courthouses, it is practically bursting with history. And to think, you thought that the J. C. Penney was old. During this session we will stretch our legs on the same sidewalks people have tread for over a 100 years and learn about a location of great significance over 1000 years. It will be hard to fit all of that in 45 minutes, so I hope you can speed walk!

Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places

  • The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Baldwin Saloon
  • Carnegie Library / The Dalles Art Center
  • Wing Hong Tai Co. (Chinese Building)
  • City Hall / The Dalles Fire Museum
  • City Park / Ezra Meeker Marker
  • Civic Auditorium
  • Columbia Brewery
  • Court Street Apartments / Commodore II
  • Granada Theatre
  • (I.C. Nickelsen Book Store / Klindt’s Book Sellers & Stationers
  • Isabella Gray House / Harding House / Planetree Resource Center
  • J.C. Penney (1914)
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Sharp Houses (1895-1905) 400-404 E. 4th St.
  • Sunshine Biscuit Mill
  • The Dalles Branch Mint
  • The Dalles Post Office (1916) Southwest corner of Union & 2nd St.
  • Thompson House (1889) 209 W. 3rd
  • Waldron Drug Store / Gitchell Building
  • Wasco County Courthouse #2, 311 Union St.
  • Wasco County Courthouse #3, 5th & Washington
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal
  • Congregational Church

The Original Wasco County Courthouse is listed in the Trevitt Addition.

Jeremiah Paulsen

As the Community Development Coordinator for The Dalles Main Street, Jeremiah Paulsen focuses on projects that enhance the vibrancy and economic vitality of Downtown The Dalles to ensure it is a destination to live, work, shop, and play while also creating a strong presence for Main Street.

After obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts, Jeremiah performed a seven year enlistment in the Washington Air Force National Guard, for which he was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service. He later found his way to The Dalles Main Street through the University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program where he enhances the historic downtown through new and creative avenues. 

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