Pittock Mansion - Portland, Oregon
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Pittock Mansion, Portland Oregon

Carol and Bob flew into Portland Oregon with extremely low air fairs.  One of our hobbies is to visit historic and grand homes of America.  We visited the Pittock Mansion located on a hill overlooking Portland.


Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. English-born Henry Lewis Pittock journeyed on a wagon train over the Oregon Trail from Pennsylvania to Oregon in 1853 where, at the young age of 17, he arrived "barefoot and penniless." He soon began working as a printer's devil for Thomas Jefferson Dryer's Weekly Oregonian newspaper. He slept on a cot under the counter in the newspaper office, and took his meals at the publisher's house next door.

In 1860, at the age of 25, he married 15-year-old Georgiana Martin Burton of Missouri. Eight years prior, Georgiana had crossed the plains from Keokuk, Iowa to the Oregon Territory with her parents. Together, Henry and Georgiana began a long life of work, community service, and devotion to family which would last 58 years and result in six children and fourteen grandchildren.


A consummate businessman, Henry Pittock took ownership of the Weekly Oregonian in 1860, changing its format to the daily paper we read today. He went on to build an empire incorporating real estate, banking, railroads, steamboats, sheep ranching, silver mining, and the pulp and paper industry.


Georgiana dedicated herself to improving the lives of the community's women and children. She helped found the Ladies Relief Society in 1867, whose Children's Home provided care, food, and shelter for needy children. Georgiana also worked with the Woman's Union and played a key role in building the Martha Washington Home for single working women.


Georgiana cherished gardening, and kept a terraced flower garden at the mansion covered with every kind of flower imaginable. She frequently adorned her house with cut flowers, and is credited with originating the tradition of Portland's annual Rose Festival.  A vigorous outdoorsman, Henry rode horses in the Rose Festival parades, and was a founder of the Mazamas hiking club and the Oregon Road Club for bicyclists. He was a member of the first party credited with climbing Mt. Hood.