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The Depression Era Eco-Cool Timberline Lodge is Turning 75

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  Site Where: Timberline Lodge, Timberline, Oregon, 97028
June 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Timberline Lodge on Dedication Day in 1937.

The iconic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon turns 75 this year with a big party and you're invited. But first, a little history on how this historic hotel came to be.

The hard life during the Great Depression offered few jobs, no money, and little hope. So in 1933, the federal government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Americans. On the Timberline project unskilled labor toiled alongside iron workers, stone masons, draftsmen, carpenters, loggers, road builders, designers and artisans to create an esthetically pleasing lodge that exceeded the make -work of many WPA projects.

Dedicated in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the lodge was built with pride to be treasured by generations to come.

And come they do. Each year, two million visitors marvel at the craftsmanship, economy of design and re-purposed materials. Decades before it was eco-cool to do so, cloth scraps were hooked into rugs, glass bits were used in murals, utility poles were caved into woodland animal newel posts and tire chains were strung for fireplace screens.

The original iron and hide lamps and log furniture are still used in the guest rooms while volunteers have recreated rugs, curtains and bedspreads. Take a free lodge tour “ guided” by lodge mascot Bruno a fluffy St. Bernard and see for yourself.

To celebrate your National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge during 2012, room rates range from $135 for a Chalet room to a Fireplace Room at $345. You can take a look at those rooms here. (Warning: These are very typical ski lodge digs.) Packages can include typical Oregon experiences like craft beer tasting, mountain golf, and white water river rafting. The free official 75th Timberline celebration day dubbed "Tribute to Tradition" is September 3rd (Labor Day) and concerts, historic preservation info, barbecue, activities for the kids and festival food abound. Yes, there will be cake.

Call the hotel direct for room reservations (800) 547-1406 as we found their booking site confusing.

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