The Dalles Community
It’s a town of hard-working people who come together to make extraordinary
things happen. Things like:
- Building the Q-Life 18-mile fiber optic loop
- Recruiting Google to build a data center
- Constructing a 9-mile waterfront trail for running, walking and cycling
- Renewing its historic downtown business district
Located along the banks of the mighty Columbia River, just 84 miles east
of Portland, The Dalles is the eastern gateway to the Columbia River Gorge
National Scenic Area.
Three hundred days of sun (annually) nurture bountiful agricultural products,
including world-renowned cherries, grapes and wheat.
Cyclists, geocachers, hikers, hunters, fishers, history buffs, wind sports
enthusiasts and wine lovers have discovered The Dalles and its surrounding area.
Steeped in history and culture, the area served as a center of Native American
trade for 10,000 years. Lewis & Clark camped along the shores, and
pioneers on the Oregon Trail had to make a decision at The Dalles whether
to brave a crossing of the Columbia River or to continue by land, up and
around 11,000 foot Mt. Hood.
The Dalles’ population is just over 13,000 with a service area of
approximately 85,000 and is home to Columbia Gorge Community College,
which offers the first wind-power training program in the Pacific Northwest,
Google’s Data Center, numerous orchards, vineyards and wineries,
and a thriving business community.
While Portland accumulates 37 inches of rain annually and, nearby Hood
River County receives 31 inches, The Dalles receives only 14.41 inches.