Mount Hood Railroad trip includes miles of orchards
King City Travel Club enjoys the scenery and ice cream
King City Travel Club members took a trip back into history Sept. 27 when they boarded the Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River, its northern terminus, and traveled along 21 miles of track to Parkdale, the southern terminus.
Hood River is where the Mount Hood Railroad line interchanges with the Union Pacific Railroad, and from there the train traveled to Pine Grove, which is based on agriculture, including fruit orchards, plus storage and packing facilities. During a stop there, passengers got off and walked a few feet to The Fruit Company, where visitors can sample tasty treats, purchase items and visit the Fruit Heritage Museum.
The train then continued past Odell and Dee before reaching Parkdale. Arriving in Parkdale, the group enjoyed complimentary passes to the Hutson Museum where they could see Native American artifacts that included an intensive collection of arrowheads and pioneer memorabilia.
The area between the train tracks and the museum bears a marker that reads, "The ground on which you stand has been designated a national historic site by the U.S. Department of the Interior." In addition to the Hutson Museum, the 2-acre parcel includes the Ries-Thompson House, which is the oldest remaining residence in Parkdale built circa 1900.
Parkdale was founded by David Eccles and R.J. McIsaac in 1910 to serve as the terminus for the Mount Hood Railroad.
The railroad also offers classic dinner trains that include murder mysteries, wine tastings and tributes to artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra; Polar Express trips based on the book by the same name; and Western train robbery and Sunday brunch rides.
For more information, visit www.mthoodrr.com or call 800-872-4661.