Monday, August 20, 2012

Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge

Mt. Hood, as seen from Timberline Lodge
We were standing at not quite 6,000 feet; the peak is at 11,249 feet

I've been quiet for a few days, but it's for a good reason.  My Aunt and Uncle have been visiting, and we've had fun times.  Yesterday we drove up to Mt. Hood and visited Timberline Lodge
Mt. Jefferson, from Timberline Lodge
 Timberline Lodge
The building is made from timbers and rocks in the surrounding forests, and adorned with beautiful things made from scrap materials.  The story of Timberline Lodge is inspiring.  A WPA project from the Great Depression, the Lodge put lots of folks to work - laborers and crafts people. 

One small portion of a mural carved from scrap linoleum

Beauty emerged from things on hand. The hooked rugs were made from old uniforms. Murals were carved out of scrap linoleum (Artist Douglas Lynch). Even the door hinges became decorative.


Beautiful door adornment from scrap metal

Our tour guide impressed upon us how meaningful it was to be a worker on the Lodge.  The work was long and hard, but it was a good job and people were in desperate need.  Despite the constraints and the challenges, the workers found the creative spark -- that desire to make beauty in our world -- and it still shines through today in the many details throughout the Lodge. 

Timberline Lodge has just celebrated its 75th anniversary.  Last year, one of the men who carved the massive pillars in the main hall came to visit.  He was nearly 100 years old.  He wanted to see the Lodge one more time.  He recently passed away, but you can see his tools and hear his story when you visit and take the Timberline Lodge tour.


8 comments:

Marilyn said...

It is an amazing project, which always impresses me. I love visiting this symbol of the WPA and what can be done to put people to work.

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tour.

Marlena said...

Hooray for Roosevelt and the WPA and to nature for the rest! And congrats on 16 years. In Oct. it'll be 39! for us.

Angela McRae said...

What a magnificent place! I've never heard of this, so thanks for "taking me along" on your travels there. I love places with character, and this one certainly qualifies!

Ginger said...

Wow, that is amazing.

La Tea Dah said...

Lovely post. I especially appreciate the history of the lodge and the old Columbia Gorge highway.

parTea lady said...

What a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for the photos & info.

Jane said...

Hi Steph,
My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about Timberline Lodge to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)
Jane