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Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents the April history dinner, “Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge,” with Jerry Olson, Friday, April 18. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

Olson is president and CEO of Olson Engineering, Inc., Vancouver, Wash., which he founded in 1968. He will provide a progression of the original surveys in Wasco County with maps from 1858-1872, the role of the General Land Office, and information about the early pioneer surveyors of the Columbia River Gorge, including Justin Chenoweth and the first government surveyor from Wasco County, Edward Sharp, among others.

The history dinner menu includes: crab stuffed chicken, jasmine rice, artichoke parmesan crostini, caramelized brussel sprouts, and spring green salad.

Olson’s interest in the lives of pioneer surveyors has led him to compile biographies on over 200 surveyors of early Washington and Oregon.

While Olson’s focus has been primarily in Washington state, many of the surveyors crossed state lines into Oregon. “An unusual number of them graduated from Wasco Academy in The Dalles,” he said.

For ticket prices and to RSVP, due by April 16, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201.


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