Timberline Lodge celebrates its 75th anniversary


WLACC members visit Mount Hood

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A group from the WLACC enjoys exploring Timberline Lodge.Timberline Lodge is celebrating its 75th anniversary. A few weeks ago, a group from the West Linn Adult Community Center spent a day getting an informative tour of the lodge and enjoying lunches in the different eating areas the lodge offers.

It was a gorgeous day with mountain temperatures warmer than in Portland. Mount Hood showed off majestically against the beautiful blue sky. The first thing we noticed after getting off the bus was the air is a little thinner at the 5,960 ft. level. We had a short walk up the hill to the lodge and we were all breathing a bit heavier than normal. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Timberline Lodge on Sept. 28, 1937, after only 15 months of construction as a Work Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. All of the building materials used came from Oregon with the exception of a few huge pine beams that came from Washington state. WPA workmen were housed in a tent city down along what is now Highway 26. Imagine living in a tent in the middle of winter at Mount Hood. Once completed, the lodge was opened as Oregon’s first ski resort with a portable rope tow. The Magic Mile chairlift was added the second year and it was the world’s longest lift, sitting 1 mile above the lodge.

Financial issues and World War II caused the closure of the lodge for several years during the 40s and 50s, but the Kohnstamm family has operated it successfully since 1956. Richard Kohnstamm, known as “the man who saved Timberline,” died in 2006. His son, Jeff, is now the area operator of Timberline.

You will see native materials and old world quality in the original furniture, lighting fixtures, wood features, wrought iron pieces and textiles that were handcrafted by the WPA workers.

Along with being given a job during this difficult time, they were learning a trade. As things have needed to be replaced over the years, the original pieces were duplicated.

Timberline is the only ski area in the United States that has a skiable area year round. But you do not have to be a skier to enjoy what the beautiful area has to offer. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking and sightseeing are just a few things to do. Ski lifts can take you to hike to some of the higher terrain.

The eating establishments are very good (but a little pricey). Maybe you will be lucky enough to see the four-legged lodge St. Bernard mascots, Heidi and Bruno, while you are visiting!

Here are the upcoming week’s other activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, Sept. 14

— In the morning, we have the core strength class and the strength and balance class, the peripatetic walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon.

At noon we will serve shepherd’s pie. From 12:30 to 3 p.m., the pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m. the Texas hold ‘em poker group will deal.

Monday, Sept. 17

— In the morning we have Tai Chi, the peripatetic walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand & foot card game group.

Today we will offer quiche and salad for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise for all program will meet, and the new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

— The bus trip to Cannon Beach will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. Morning offerings at the WLACC include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach new players the game of pinochle at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

— In the morning, we offer the peripatetic walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon, we will have our last cookout of the season, serving hamburgers and hot dogs.

At 12:30 p.m. the Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet. All members are welcome to attend. Also after lunch, the bridge group and the exercise for all program will meet. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 20

— The share singers group will meet at the WLACC today. Our morning offerings at the center include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m. and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. Unique gifts and uniquely low prices.Many of our gifts came to us through donations, and we want all our donors to know how grateful we are for their contributions.

The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.