Troutdale, Oregon ~
This little unknown touristy town that is actually a “burb” of Portland outskirts / Gresham is the western gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge. It was once named after the Sandy River as “Sandy” with its first established post office as “Sandy” in 1854 but then closed in 1868. Another town in Clackamas County named itself Sandy and therefore this “Sandy” needed a new name – the pioneer John Harlow gave it the name “Troutdale” after a trout pond in a dale near his house, founding it as such in 1880. The Bissinger Company or Bissinger Wool Pullery came her and built a water tower in 1920. The company was featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! because a cat was found in a stack of animal hides during production, and after being saved, became the company’s mascot. The town is 12 miles east of Portland and sits at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Sandy River.