The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., July 15, 1921, page 1


     Every progressive local man and woman will be glad to learn that, inasmuch as the reception accorded to the Columbia Gorge Hotel has already far exceeded expectations, Simon Benson has decided to build another wing consisting of 69 rooms.
     It is expected that the new wing will be to the west of the present building, although connecting with it, thus making the present entrance lobby central.
     While it is remembered that no special advertising has yet been resorted to, it is remarkable what unusually good patronage has been extended to the Columbia Gorge hotel. Up to date the history of this hotel since it was opened on June 18 has been one of unqualified success. It is stated that on July 4th, over 1700 persons were served at table during the entire day and each weekend has seen the hotel taxed almost to capacity. One of the interesting features is that local organizations all are already taking advantage of the opportunity this hotel offers for meeting, and it is believed that the presence of this hotel will be the means of bringing a number of conventions to Hood River.
     It is expected that work on the new wing of the hotel began in the near future.

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