A Jack of All Trades

By History Department | January 8, 2019 | 2 Comments

Hello from the History Department. Here’s another story of a person within a small community who made a big difference – Elias Carlson only lived to be 43 years old but certainly made his mark on Kalama, WA, from fish dealer to opera house owner to logging industry innovator. **** It is said that a…

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Kennedy’s Pioneering Martha Jordan

By History Department | January 3, 2019 | 6 Comments

Hello from the History Department. As we move forward into the new year, looking toward new projects and properties, let’s not forget all of those who came before us — like Mrs. Jordan at the Kennedy School. **** Martha Beatrice (Ashford) Jordan taught Kindergarten at Kennedy School from the fall of 1948 until June 1962,…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

By History Department | December 27, 2018 | 3 Comments

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Property #2 Property #3 Property #4 Property #5                                 Answers: Property #1: Chapel Pub Property #2: Grand Lodge Property #3: St. John’s Theater & Pub…

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Elks, Salmon & Octopi

By History Department | December 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Hello from the History Department. Here’s another example of new artwork done for the Tacoma Elks Temple, plus one of the old photos that inspired the piece. Notice anything slightly off about it? (Besides the guy wrestling the octopus, that is?) Read on… **** This colorful, fanciful work is by McMenamins artist Lillian Ripley. So,…

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Portland Hockey Trivia

By History Department | December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hello from the History Department. Here’s a good way to impress your sporty friends at holiday parties: Q: What is the only non-winning city engraved as champions on ice hockey’s premiere trophy, the Stanley Cup? A: Portland, Oregon This cool story also has connections to four McMenamins properties – Tavern & Pool, 23rd Avenue Bottle…

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Just Another Day at Work

By History Department | December 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Hello from the History Department — So this happened last week… ***** YES! You are correct. That’s Nirvana co-founder and bassist Krist Novoselic, signing an album for one of the Andersen Construction crew in their offices across from the Elks Temple before our tour of the property. When we posted this image on the McMenamins…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

By History Department | November 29, 2018 | 1 Comment

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Orb #1 Orb #2 Orb #3 Orb #4 Orb #5             Answers: Orb #1: Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Orb #2: Edgefield Orb #3: Grand Lodge Orb #4: Hillsdale Orb #5: Edgefield

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Handball and Heritage

By History Department | November 21, 2018 | 6 Comments

Hello from the History Department – and happy Thanksgiving! Lea McMillan became a Tacoma Elk at 23 years old in 1961. Why? Handball, of course! But that’s not the most interesting part of his story…. ***** McMillan became an Elk at 23 years old specifically because the building currently being renovated into our newest hotel…

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The Elks’ Influence on Veterans’ Day

By History Department | November 13, 2018 | 3 Comments

Hello from the History Department. As we dig into the Tacoma Elks’ history, we continue to come across interesting stories and facts. For example, did you know that the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) has a direct connection with what has become known as Veterans’ Day? ***** Before WWII, November 11 was originally…

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Rudy, not Ruby

By History Department | November 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

Hello from the History Department. Remember that time that Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla stopped by the Crystal Ballroom (then known as Cotillion Hall)? Rudy Valentino was a legendary pop icon and Hollywood sex symbol, with swarms of adoring fans wherever he appeared, including in Portland. ***** Valentino, sultry, brooding 1920s…

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