Grant’s Getaways: Menucha in a Columbia River Gorge
March 7, 2016 - Picnic Time
We are in for a provide as we revisit a “retreat” that’s an event to try one man’s prophesy of serenity, assent and waste during a smashing end that we competence have missed in a Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbia River Gorge has prolonged desirous us with overwhelming sites or still retreats and ever changing scenery. Come along as we transport to a gorge’s front porch nearby Corbett, during a place cherished for calm and consternation called “Menucha;” a prolonged ago Oregon Governor’s home.
A century ago, “America’s Greatest Highway” was built in a Columbia River Gorge; a miraculous approach to see a sites, step easily on a landscape and try a landscape that took a exhale divided during any spin of a roadway.
A excellent place to revisit and for Oregon’s Julius Meier, an even improved place to live.
Photos: A shelter called Menucha
Meier – owners of a largest sell store in a state, Meier and Frank, built a nation estate that rivaled a largest estates in a nation with a tennis court, swimming pool and gardens galore
Local historian Lynn Gibbons says a estate was called “Menucha,” a Hebrew word for “still waters.”
“Before a famous Columbia Gorge Historic Scenic Highway, a fill was was sincerely remote. It was tough to expostulate out here and we competence have had a integrate prosaic tires on a way. But, once a highway was built, a fill and over was permitted to a lot of families. So, a highway unequivocally non-stop it up.”
Meier was also inexhaustible to a fault, remarkable Gibbons. Each summer, he non-stop his estate to thousands of employees who transient a city feverishness for a cold beauty of a fill during a association picnic: “The employees (more than 3,000) and their families would come here any July. A polka band, dance building and drink garden were non-stop – a lunch opposite served food all day so they’re carrying a smashing time. They had potato pouch races, cake eating contests, and activities around a swimming pool were popular. Anyone who was anybody in Portland would have been here on that day.”
Gerry Frank, (Aka, “Mr. Oregon”) recalls most about those times. He’s a grandnephew of a successful businessman.
Gerry says his childish days were mostly spent traipsing opposite a Menucha skill (over 100 acres) and generally enjoying cold dips in a swimming pool: “It was a pleasing perspective though that H2O was so ice cold we couldn’t stay in long.”
Gerry is related by birth and contention to a famed Meier and Frank business and his family honour shines by in his latest book, “Gerry Frank’s Oregon.”
“My Uncle Julius wanted a place that he could relax and suffer a pleasing scenery. He was an Oregonian by and by and his wife, Grace Meier, had that same feeling,” he said.
Gerry loves to share stories about his famous uncle who went on to offer as Oregon’s Governor in 1930. In fact, as we took a brief wander by a master bedroom, Gerry let me in on a family secret: Governor Julius Meier had a dark one approach potion in his bath.
“You demeanour right over there and ‘Oh, Joe is there! we don’t wish to see him, so tell him that I’m not around,’” pronounced Gerry with a chuckle. He added, “I consider it’s an inventive approach of doing it!”
These days, Menucha is owned and managed as a shelter and discussion core by a First Presbyterian Church of Portland, who bought a skill in 1950.
Gerry pronounced that Mencuha is as smashing currently as he remembers it 80 years ago – a excellent place for reflection, scrutiny and value your time for a visit.