Posts by History Department

Elvis Slept Here

Hello from the History Department – And long live the King! Elvis Presley, that is. Caddie (Johnson) Barnes was 14 years old when Elvis himself spent less than 24 hours in Kalama, WA, an event that is still discussed with fervor and excitement today. “Oh, he was just sooooo handsome!” Caddie recalls. Hard to dispute…

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A Return Engagement at the Crystal – 50 Years On

Hello from the History Department! (Please note: That is not us to the left, that is the Grateful Dead, ca. 1968.) This past Friday and Saturday, February 2 & 3, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (at far right) returned to the Crystal Ballroom, fifty years to the day, since the now-legendary 1968 “Quick and the…

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With a Good Cause and a Good Reason

“Just go ahead! Go with your gut. Do it!’ So, that was the kind of person I was, and am…. When it’s a good cause and a good reason . . . it just works. So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” – Sue Kienast That’s a pretty solid philosophy, yes? Read more…

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Solve Our Clues!

It’s a brand-new year! And so, we’re switching up the history quiz for the first time since 2014. Instead of images, we’re giving you clues. Think you’re a McMenamins’ history buff? Try identifying all the properties.  Clues 1. This brewpub was established in June 1988. Since the 1950s, its namesake neighborhood has featured an annual…

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Up on the Hill at the ‘Still

This week, we take a look at another of our small bars, those tiny watering holes in which people meet and talk and share ideas and laughs and drinks and songs within very small confines. This particular spot is a favorite among Edgefield employees, known as simply the ‘Still. It was the spirits that led…

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A Tribute to Fred Cole at the Crystal

On Friday, January 5, the Crystal Ballroom will host Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole, a storied and legendary musician who passed away in early November. He and wife (“kickass garage bass player”) Toody influenced an entire generation of Pacific NW grunge musicians, several of whom will celebrate his music this Friday. As…

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Sent to the Principal’s Office

There is, in McMenamins philosophy, a thing called a “small bar,” those tiny watering holes in which people meet and talk and share ideas and laughs and drinks and songs within very small confines. This week, we take a look at another of our small bars. You remember that anxious sense of dread that accompanied…

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Where In the World Are Mike and Brian?

Each of these images below is associated with a different McMenamins property.  Can you guess which spot? Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 Photo #4 Photo #5 ANSWERS: 1. Anderson School 2. White Eagle 3. Chapel Pub 4. Tacoma Elks Lodge 5. Boiler Room at Kennedy School  

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Family Memories of the Campbell Hotel

As we’ve mentioned a few times here before, we love it when our guests have stuff to contribute to our history archives. Here’s the latest, compiled by Rams Head guest Connie Andrews, about the beautiful NW Portland building that currently houses our pub. Thanks for sharing your family memories, Connie! **** “My parents leased and…

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The Oien-Corbus Family

Here’s another incredible story that was recently discovered during research for the newly reopened Cedar Hills Pub. It is tragic, but also reveals the connection between the small, local Bernard Airport (site of today’s pub) and critical advances made to the global aviation industry at large. “I had mostly forgotten about the story of the Oien family until…

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