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Heimuller Farmstead: Historic place

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The Heimuller Farmstead near Scappoose is Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.

It was nominated to the National Register as a largely intact collection of residential and farm buildings constructed by John and Carolena Heimuller during the early 20th century.

According to a press release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the farmstead is an 'excellent example' of subsistence-farming buildings prevalent during the early 20th century around the Scappoose and Columbia County area. The farmstead consists of several buildings, including a cross-gable farmhouse, barn and windmill.

After arriving in Oregon in 1898, the Heimullers settled on approximately 40 acres west of Scappoose and developed a subsistence farm and later raised other crops for commercial purposes, such as apples, cherries, potatoes, walnuts and filberts. The Heimuller's apple orchard and Burbank potatoes were especially well known in the area, the press release said. The Heimullers lived at and operated the farm from 1910 to 1959.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in October 2010. The Heimuller Farmstead joins only 10 other properties listed in the National Register in Columbia County. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.