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Dalles Home To Antique Vehicles

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 15:50

TASTE News Service, January 29, 2020 - Fort Dalles Museum is home to an historic collection of wagons and antique vehicles.

The facility is located on the south or Oregon side of the Columbia River about 85 miles east of the Portland/Vancouver, Washington area. The collection holds over 30 wheeled vehicles, including a stage coach, buses, road-building equipment, a covered wagon, two horse-drawn hearses, and two surreys, one of which was owned by Oregon Governor Zenas Moody. A portion of these antique vehicles were entrusted to the care of the museum by the American Legion Post #19. In addition, several early 1900’s vintage automobiles give visitors a look into the past of the “horseless carriage.”

These vehicles, like all antiquities, are subject to the process of aging. In order to preserve these historic vehicles, conservation steps need to be taken. However urgent the need for conservation of the vehicles, even more urgent is the need to replace the buildings in which they are stored. It is the opinion of professionals who have surveyed the collection that efforts to preserve and protect the individual vehicles will be useless if they cannot be moved into a proper facility.

In September 2009 the Fort Dalles Museum Anderson Homestead Foundation was created as a 501(c) 3 organization to benefit Fort Dalles. In August of 2010 the foundation was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. Their current project aims to fund the construction of a modern vehicle building to house our antique vehicle collection.

Spokespeople for the Museum say it is essential to the preservation of this historic vehicle collection that they first raise the funds for a new vehicle building to house the collection. Once that is accomplished, They will be able to begin work on conserving the vehicles themselves.

The vehicle collection is open by appointment only during the winter but will resume normal hours of operation beginning in March. For more information visit https://www.fortdallesmuseum.org

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:09

 

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