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Antique Vehicle Collection

Dalles-Prineville Stage Coach
Belly Dump Wagon
Umatilla House Bus

Fort Dalles Museum houses an historic collection of wagons and antique vehicles. 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."

The 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) organization to benefit Fort Dalles. In August of 2010 the foundation was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. Our current project aims to fund the construction of a vehicle building to house our antique vehicle collection.

Artist’s conceptual rendering of proposed vehicle building.

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

Donations for the preservation of this historic vehicle collection can be made to the Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead Foundation, a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization, P.O. Box 591, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

Ask how you can help support this important preservation work or visit the FDMAH Foundation pages to learn more about their work.

2010 Restoration & Repair Projects

Keeping the historical Surgeon's Quarters in good repair is a continual effort. Age and climate take their toll on any building. It is crucial that any maintenance or repair work be done by skilled people who understand the importance of maintaining the integrity of the construction of the building. In 2010 we were fortunate to have some very talented people help us do some much needed conservation and restoration.

Historic records indicate the windows in the Surgeon's Quarters were made by hand on site during construction of the house. In 2010 Amy Harrington McAuley of Oculus Fine Carpentry, Portland, did the window restoration of all the original window sash of the Fort Dalles Surgeon's Quarters. Using hand tools to saw and plane the wood, she repaired window sashes and restored the original glass in the windows to its former glory. Removing years of mineral build-up on the windows from rain and sprinklers, the windows of the Surgeon's Quarters are now clear and sparkling.

In 2010 restoration of the stone chimneys and foundation was done by Alan Ash of Ash Stone Masonry of Eugene. The chimneys had begun crumbling and it was becoming important to stop the damage caused by the process of aging. He used local stone and a lime based mortar to restore the chimneys to their original appearance.

Other projects:

Fort Dalles Museum applied for, and received three grants in 2009. The first grant was from Oregon Trails Fund for doing a condition assessment and preservation plan for two of the wagons in the vehicles collection, the Hotel Dalles Bus and the Prineville/The Dalles stage.

We also received a grant from the Northern Wasco County PUD to replace the roof on the Anderson House, a project that helps to preserve the house for the education and enjoyment for generations to come.

The third grant was a $17,000 "Preserving Oregon" matching grant awarded by the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation for two preservation/restoration projects at the Surgeon's Quarters. (See 2010 window/sash restoration and chimney/foundation restoration listed above)

The Preserving Oregon Grant is a 50% matching grant, so for every dollar received the museum must match it with either reserve funds, donations, staff or volunteer time, or donated services.

To help raise funds for this grant and for other projects at the Museum, including the new Wagon Buidling, the Fort Dalles/Anderson Homestead Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization, has been set up. This non-profit will make it easier for the museum to receive donations and apply for grants that, as a county-owned and run facility, the museum would not otherwise qualify for.

It is an exciting time to be involved with Fort Dalles Museum. We welcome your contribution of thoughts, ideas, time or money for any of our various efforts.


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Fort Dalles Museum and the Anderson Homestead
500 W. 15th Street and Garrison
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Phone: 541-296-4547


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