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The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site
The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site, Old Parkdale Inn

By Mary Pellegrini

Imagine a straight, west-east line from Oregon coast, through Parkdale and on to the Snake River and the Idaho border. This is the Willamette Baseline, the east west baseline of the Willamette Meridian. The Old Parkdale Inn B&B, address 4932 Baseline Drive, is located on THE Willamette Baseline.

If you’re in the vicinity of Portland, visit the  Willamette Stone State Heritage Site.

The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site, Old Parkdale Inn The Willamette Stone Heritage site is located in Portland’s West Hills. From this location surveys we conducted, promoting settlement of the Oregon and Washington, beginning transfer of land from government ownership to private ownership. The first marker, placed in 1851, a simple cedar stake, was replaced with a small stone obelisk in 1885. In 1945 the property was purchased to preserve and protect the origin point of the land survey system for Oregon and Washington. A stainless-steel marker, set into the original obelisk, was rededicated in 1988. The Willamette Meridian is one of 37 principal meridians in the United States. All land surveys and property descriptions in the states of Oregon and Washington are referenced at this point. The Willamette meridian runs north-south, and the Willamette baseline runs east-west through the marker.

We’re honored to have you as our guests here in the Hood River Valley. And when you walk out the door with the information we’ve shared we hope you visit some of the places we’ve explored before you. Oregon is an amazing state, full of geological and historical wonders. And we’ve but scratched the surface. Explore your World!

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Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, weather permitting of course.

The Hood River Fruit loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offering you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We’ve created some enticing packages for your Stay Play and Ski Vacation on Mt Hood. During the summer months stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.

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The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site, Old Parkdale Inn

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4932 Baseline Dr, 

Mount Hood Parkdale, 

OR 97041, United States  

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