June 9, 2010

McIssac’s Store in Parkdale Oregon turns 100

By: Mary Pellegrini

In 1909 the Mt Hood Railroad line from Hood River to the Dee mill was extended up the Hood River Valley and the town of Parkdale was established. The first train into town carried lumber for the building of McIssac’s Store, which opened its doors one hundred years ago this month. McIssac’s sold everything from hardware and furnishings to groceries and farm equipment. A typical country store complete with rolling ladders to access the shelves in the 12 foot ceiling. The first display ad, announcing the store’s grand opening, appeared in the May 25, 1910 issue of the Hood River News.

To celebrate the occasion, McIssac’s Store will hold a two-day celebration Friday and Saturday, June 11-12 with wine tastings, music and other activities. Visit Parkdale, stroll its tree lined streets and the gardens of the Old Parkdale Inn. Enjoy a brew at the Elliot Glacier Brew Pub. Expecting warm summer weather, finally, in the Hood River Valley, and are Gauguin Room is available Saturday night.

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