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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 28

IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: THE U.S. MINT AT DALLES CITY, OREGON

Bob Shippee forwarded a query from Diane Bungum who writes:
"I am looking for the October through December issues of the
Coins Magazine, 1980.  I am looking for the articles written
by Dudley L. McClure about the U.S. Mint at Dalles City.   I
live in Dalles City (now The Dalles).

Would you have any suggestions as to where I might find
these magazine
issues?"

[If any of our readers have ready access to these articles
we'll put them in touch with Ms. Bungum.  A search of the NIP
database (NIP Database)
yielded just one other reference to the Dulles Mint - a Numismatic
Scrapbook article in Vol.18 (April 1952, p319).  Is anyone aware
of other references to this would-be Mint?  The following is one
of the few online references I've found, but it includes modern
photos of the building. -Editor]

"In 1864, the U.S. Congress appropriated money to build this
fortress-like structure. The project failed, however, when the
yield from the Canyon City gold diggings, which were intended to
project ran 2 years beyond the scheduled completion date due to
cost over-runs, lack of workers (they kept leaving for the gold
fields), and flooding from the Columbia River also contributed
to its demise.

Built of hand-hewn stone brought from nearby Mill Creek by wagon,
the two story building rose, but without a roof. In 1870 the state
of Oregon received the property from the U.S. Government for
educational or charitable use. Although the state later deeded the
building to Wasco Independent Academy, the property was not used
for education. A large concrete block addition was later constructed
on the north side of the U.S. Mint building."

To see the complete article and view images of the building, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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