The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., June 17, 1921, page 1


     With the completion of the magnificent Columbia Gorge Hotel, a big reception is planned for tomor-row, to mark the formal opening of the hotel to the public. To this ceremony, many Portland civic clubs have been invited, and it is estim-ated that, by the time the Kiwanis take over the building after 7 p.m. upwards of 1500 people will have an opportunity to inspect the various fine appointments which go to make the hotel easily the most complete on the Pacific coast. From the basement to the roof, the very latest in modern tourist hotel equipment has been purchased and down to the smallest detail, comfort and expedition have been the two leading features of Henry Thiele's efforts to make this hotel the best of its kind.
     During the past week nearly everybody passing the hotel has made it a duty to inspect the building and so great has been the number of visitors that they hampered the many workmen who have been trying to beat time in order to have the hotel ready and complete by tomorrow. The management was, under the circumstances, compelled to limit the view of the interior to that obtained from the doorways. Even this, however, gave the visitors a good idea of the splendid interior decorations and furnishings.
     Among those invited to attend the opening ceremony are a number of prominent Hood River people, for Henry Thiele now regards Hood River as his home town and the people as his friends. Mayor Baker of Portland and Mayor Scobee of Hood River will probably be called upon for short talks, as will also Governor Olcott, who has promised to attend. There will be dancing in the ball room and main dining room, with two orchestras, and a buffet luncheon will be served during the entire afternoon, from 2 until 6:30 p.m.

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