Columbia Gorge Train-Boat Tours

For $75 in 1983 (about $185 in today’s money), two people could stay at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, enjoy the hotel’s “world famous farm breakfast” (no longer available), and have a rental car for a day in scenic Hood River, Oregon, a stop on Amtrak’s Pioneer. A two-hour boat cruise was an added option for $7.50 per person, but the brochure doesn’t say how much rail fare would be from, say, Portland or Seattle to Hood River.

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The brochure does say that, late in 1983, the town of Cascade Locks, located a few miles downriver from Hood River, would put the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge into operation. That sternwheeler is still operating today, which is more than can be said for the Pioneer, which was cancelled in 1997.


Columbia Gorge Train-Boat Tours — 1 Comment

  1. I remember an eastbound trip on the U.P. “City of Portland” in the winter of 1969. The dome diners were gone and there weren’t a lot of people on the train. It’s before the U.P.’s “City of Everywhere”. What I remember is outstanding track conditions both on the U.P. and the MILW into Chicago. Sadly, the track, like a lot else, has gone down.

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