Amtrak Excursion 2014
2014 Ted H. Schaar

14. East of Portland
Oregon way station.


Thursday morning Tim picked us up, and we headed east along the Columbia River.  Scenery was spectacular.  We stopped at Vista House (above) where sweeping views were the main attraction.

"Vista House was built between 1916-1918 by Multnomah County as a comfort station and scenic wayside for those traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway, which had been completed in 1913. It is also a memorial to Oregon pioneers. It was formally dedicated on May 5th, 1918.

"The graceful octagonal stone structure towers 733 feet above the Columbia River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the National Geographic Society’s 2001 Save America’s Treasures book."*

Oregon way station overlook
Oregon way station.
Oregon way station interior

Hidden elevator

Rest rooms in this elegant way station are on the lower level and reached by a curving staircase. A few feet behind the reception desk, however, the floor rose to reveal an elevator for the handicapped. Civilization.

Way station ceiling
Temperate rain forrest
Dripping Pacific Temperate Rain Forrest.
Latourell falls
Latourell Falls.