“Stage Coaches and Stations of Eastern Oregon and Washington” is the featured presentation at the annual meeting of the Original Wasco County Courthouse.
The event takes place Saturday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m., at the historic 1859 building located at 410 W. Second Place in The Dalles. The meeting is also the kick-off for the Courthouse’s summer tourist season.
A brief business meeting will be followed by the stage coach presentation by author Joseph F. Macdonald of Vancouver, Wash. Macdonald has spent many years researching his two books, “Stage Coaches and Stations: Eastern Oregon 1850-1920” and his most recent publication covering the topic in Eastern Washington during the same period.
The Dalles was the transportation hub east of the Cascade Mountains, with stage routes heading north to the Yakima Valley and beyond, southeast into the John Day country, and east along the Old Oregon Trail. Macdonald discovered that post offices were crucial to the establishment and operation of stage lines as contract mail by stages often paid for stage operations. Macdonald will have his book available for sale at the meeting and will gladly autograph copies. Snacks will be served at the June 1 meeting and all are welcome. Hours at the Courthouse are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during the three summer months. Admission is free and the tour includes the sheriff's office, jail, and courtroom that served the largest county in Oregon history. There will be additional open hours when tour boats dock at The Dalles.