321 Pioneer Ave.
Visit Meeker Mansion
Meeker Mansion is available for tours, field trips, and special events. It is open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m from March through mid-December. Meeker Mansion visitors can enjoy guided and self-guided tours. Expert tour guides are able to provide the more detailed learning experience, providing background on the Meeker family, the Mansion’s construction and rehabilitation, and local history. A brochure is available that gives an overview of the structure’s history and that explains a few details for each room. Signs around the Mansion point out items of particular significance as well as background on restoration activity. Film of Meeker on his promotional Oregon Trail wagon trip is a highlight of the visit. Black-and-white footage of Ezra Meeker driving his ox-pulled wagon through a city and converting his wagon to a river raft are shown on a monitor in the Mansion’s billiards room, which also contains a glass case filled with pioneer relics.
Meeker Mansion History
Meeker Mansion is the former home of Ezra Meeker, Northwest pioneer, hops farmer, businessman, and active advocate for the Pacific Northwest and for the preservation of the Oregon Trail. The house was built in 1890 and was lived in by Meeker and his wife until her death in 1909. The Mansion stood vacant for a couple years before it was sold to The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War widows' organization. The Mansion was repurposed as a retirement home. The building was again sold in 1948 and was operated as a nursing home until 1970, when it was donated to the Ezra Meeker Historical Society, a private non-profit organization. The Meeker Mansion is on the list of the National Register of Historic Sites. Renovation activities began immediately and continue today. The Meeker Mansion is maintained and operated primarily by volunteers.