The American Society of Civil Engineers recognizes the Historic Columbia River Highway as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. We have it in or backyard; the rest of the world, including the ASCE, rates it alongside treasures such as the

The Barn Museum Address: 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway

The Barn Museum Address: 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway

  • Panama Canal
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Grand Coulee Dam
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Washington Monument
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • Machu Pichu
  • 1st New York Subway
  • Going to the Sun Road
  • Alaska Highway

 

 

 

 

The Historic Vista House. One of the many attractions along the highway.

The Historic Vista House. One of the many attractions along the highway.

Who We Are

The Troutdale Historical Society’s mission is to gather, preserve and make available material relating to the history of the community of Troutdale, the Sandy River, the Columbia River Gorge and nearby areas. We are committed to the stimulation of interest in, and knowledge of, the locality’s past. To find out more about us select here.

The Barn Museum

Our Barn Museum was the brainchild of John Nasmyth, who was one of the founding members of the Troutdale Historical Society. He suggested that the society needed a place to display (and store) all the farm equipment and other artifacts being donated. His idea of funding was to bring a check every time he had a notion to do something.  Members went to work designing and building the barn in their spare time. Dick Jones, who discovered the society through a tour of historic homes, contributed many hours to the construction of the barn. He is considered the main builder.

Ten years later, the museum was completed enough to hold an exhibit.  In 1998, we opened our first exhibit entitled “Smelt Run! A Fish Story”, coinciding with the society’s 30th anniversary. Included in the exhibit were a collection of pictures, text and artifacts of the Troutdale smelt runs that once drew thousands of visitors to the Sandy River. A glimmer from the small silver fish in the spring run-off, and the news of the smelt run spread quickly from Troutdale to Gresham to east Portland. There was also a film of the runs from the Oregon Historical Society files which showed in Riegelmann’s Smeltvision Theater.