Palmer House (Dayton, Oregon)

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Palmer House
Joel Palmer House front P2269.jpeg
Front of Palmer House, seen from Ferry Street
Palmer House (Dayton, Oregon) is located in Dayton OR
Palmer House (Dayton, Oregon)
Location600 Ferry Street
Dayton, Oregon
Coordinates45°13′05″N 123°04′47″W / 45.218001°N 123.079756°W / 45.218001; -123.079756Coordinates: 45°13′05″N 123°04′47″W / 45.218001°N 123.079756°W / 45.218001; -123.079756
Area4.1 acres (1.7 ha)
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #87000403[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 16, 1987

The Palmer House (also Joel Palmer House and Krake Residence[3]) is the historic residence of Oregon pioneer Joel Palmer (1810–81), who co-founded Dayton, Oregon, United States.

The house, located at 600 Ferry Street in Dayton, is one of Oregon's finest historic homes. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since March 16, 1987,[1] and is on the Oregon Historic Register.[4] It was the first of 48 Dayton properties to be listed[5] and is the town's oldest standing structure.[6]


Side-front view

Shortly after arriving in the Oregon Country in 1845, Palmer filed a donation land claim for himself in the Corvallis area, and one for his brother-in-law in the Dayton area. Palmer returned to Indiana for his family and came to Oregon again in 1847, to find that his land claim had been jumped. His brother-in-law decided not to return to Oregon, so Palmer settled that claim instead, located about six miles (10 km) south of Dayton.

Palmer was called away around December 15, 1847, to be Commissary General of the Military Forces of Oregon Territory to handle the Cayuse War at the Whitman Mission, and afterward left for the California Gold Rush. During his absence, his daughter Sarah married Andrew Smith and settled on Smith's land claim at the mouth of the Yam Hill River [sic].[7]

Rear entrance — restaurant's main entrance

When Palmer returned in February 1850, he purchased part of Smith's land and merged it with his brother-in-law's, Palmer's son's and daughter-in-law's to form a 465-acre (188 ha) tract which he platted to be Dayton.[8]

The first building and Palmer's home was a hotel in the center of the newly-platted area. He kept it for a few years, but then built Palmer House near the town's outskirts in 1852 or 1857.[5][8][9][10] The house has survived several floods and at least one major fire.

The house is located near the mouth of the Yamhill River at the Willamette River, and near Palmer Creek (previously known as Smith Creek), which was of early interest for powering machinery.[8] Palmer operated a sawmill, a hotel and several other enterprises.

Since 1996, the house has functioned as an upscale restaurant featuring creative local cuisine.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). State of Oregon. July 16, 2007. p. 52. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  3. ^ "Oregon - Yamhill County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  4. ^ "Site Information Joel Palmer House". Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon State Parks. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  5. ^ a b Karl Klooster (December 15, 2007). "Wanted: Passionate preservationist". News-Register. Retrieved 2008-03-30.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Mount Hood's Earliest Settlers: Sam Barlow, Joel Palmer and Others of the Oregon Trail". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  7. ^ Nelson; Cletus Moore (April 5, 2005). "House Committee on Elections & Rules Measure 13: Commemorates 125th anniversary of Dayton" (PDF). 73rd Oregon Legislative Assembly - 2005 Regular Session. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-06-11.
  8. ^ a b c "Dayton in the Early Years". Martha's Cottage. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  9. ^ Sources disagree, but the preponderance of references favors 1852. See cites of Klooster, Lilly Library, and Martha's Cottage.
  10. ^ "Palmer MSS". Lilly Library Manuscript Collections. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  11. ^ "Joel Palmer House - Dayton, Oregon". Citysearch. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  12. ^ Mac Montandon (January 19, 2005). "The Czar of the 'Shroom". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2008-06-20.

External links[edit]

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