Wingate & Williams Building
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N 45° 36.068 W 121° 10.908
10T E 641795 N 5051339
Sign about the Wingate & Williams Building in The Dalles. It is one of many building history signs in The Dalles.
Waymark Code: WM6X5R
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 07/31/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Marker Name: Wingate & Williams Building
Marker Text: Common names for this building include “The Williams 1870 Building” and “The DesRochers Building.” The two-story rectangular brick building received extensive remodeling in 1938, covering or removing the earlier building fabric.
The Wingate & Williams store has been a major retail outlet in the commercial center of The Dalles for over 100 years. Founded by Edward Wingate in 1869, the store sold hardware and general merchandise, furnishing supplies for the gold rush as far as Idaho. Griffith Williams joined as a partner in about 1872.
After the deaths of both partners, Anna M. Williams formed the Walther-Williams Hardware Company in 1901. The firm offered hardware, wagons and farm machinery, and later became one of the earliest automobile dealerships in Oregon. Idaho Department Stores purchased the retail business in 1956 and operated until 1972. From 1972 and 1984 the “Williams 1870 Store” served The Dalles from this location. Angle DesRochers purchased the building in 1990, relocating her Hampton Furniture business here.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: City

Region: Central Oregon

County: Wasco

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