The Last Stop Hotel & Saloon was originally established in 1898, it has been the home of many bars and restaurants over the years as well as a hotel and we understand a brothel or “place of negotiable affection.” A phrase coined by Mary Davis a local Historian and volunteer at the Fort Dalles Museum.
It has been called the “Hotel Albert”, has been occupied by the “Citizens National Bank, and the French & Community Bank. The hotel also had a first class grill in the early 1900’s and at one time was the home of the “Celilo Room”, which was a private bar. We have records of the hotel having several permanent female residents and have heard some interesting stories about those residents.
We have remodeled the Saloon taking care to outline the external features of this great building, and keeping intact architectural design elements that were hidden by years of reconstruction and use. You will see many antique details and discoveries built into the décor of the saloon as well as the hotel as you wonder through.
For those of you who have noted the history of the building, there are several reasons we deviated from the historic name of the Bank Hotel and subsequently the Vault which was the building usage in the later years. The most significant reason for the deviation is the history of The Dalles itself and its early history in relation to the Oregon Trail.
In the early 1840s, American settlers began to arrive in The Dalles in significant numbers traveling overland via the Oregon Trail. The trail ended in The Dalles. It wasn’t possible to take wagons further than The Dalles due to the Columbia river and the steep cliffs surrounding them. In 1846 the Barlow road was constructed and the Oregon Trail was extended and the official end was relocated in Oregon City. Up until the construction of the Barlow Road, The Dalles was the official “Last Stop” of the Oregon overland trail.
A second reason for the name is a play on the reputation of the previous bar “The Vault”. The history of the bar had many stories involving ruffians and madams. It was in a row of buildings that had lawmen killed as well as cowboys and cowhands, lots of fights spilled out into the streets. The horn saloon which was next door has many stories about these fights. The Vault unfortunately continued this twisted history even into the late 1900’s & early 2000’s and became the last stop in many cases for people on their way to the local jail.
The last reason for the name is a play on words with us personally. The Dalles is our last stop. We fell in love with The Dalles while visiting and decided this was the place we would semi-retire. We purchased a historic home and planned our departure from the daily grind. The Dalles has become our new home and we’ve decided to invest in this historic place and do our part to rebuild the downtown area and preserve the historic significance of The Dalles.
So thank you for visiting our place, enjoy the open space, the back patio, and an ice cold draft from one of our 20 plus selections of local craft beers. Take your time here to discover The Dalles with all it has to offer. It’s a unique place with 300 days of sunshine and an amazing history that contributed significantly to the establishment of the Western United States and Oregon.
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