The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., May 12, 1921, page 1


     As announced in last week's News Amos Benson has, on behalf of the Columbia Gorge hotel, purchased the 40 acre tract from H. Garrabrant, and the six remaining acres belonging to the Rand estate, on part of which the hotel is located. It is stated that the price paid for the Garrabrant tract was $18,000, and that for the Rand tract, $15,000.
     The deal is regarded as very important, Inasmuch as it insures that the hotel will be centrally located in its own grounds, and the unsightly buildings on the land east of the hotel, will disappear now that the land has been acquired. It was rumored, shortly after the sale was consummated, that it was planned to utilize it for a golf course, but as far as can be ascertained, no such plan is in contemplation. The land has been purchased for the purpose of making a suitable setting for the fine hotel, and trails and landscape gardens will form a big feature in the plans which will be worked out in the near future. It was stated that Mr. Benson has secured options on two other small tracts.

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