Historical Areas/Local History

Bybee-Howell House

Bybee-HowellHouse

The popular and familiar Bybee-Howell House, located at 13901 NW Howell Park Road, is a highly crafted and rare example of the Classical Revival style from the mid-19th Century. The handsome two-story frame residence was built for James Bybee, who later became one of Multnomah County’s first Commissioners. Bybee sold the house in 1858 to Dr. Benjamin Howell and his wife, Elizabeth. The house remained in the Howell family until 1961.

The façade of the structure is formally arranged, with symmetrically placed chimneys, double-hung sash windows with six-over-six lights, and fully pedimented gable ends. The house, located on Howell Recreation Park, is unfortunately not open for tours at this time.

The park is managed by Portland Metro and welcomes visitors from sunrise to sunset. Read more about things to do and see on Metro site.

Fort William

Fort William was a fur-trading outpost built by American Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth in 1834 on the Wappatoo Island. By the time Wyeth established his outpost the island was void of any human habitation. Read more…

Warrior Rock Lighthouse

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Warrior Rock lighthouse helps guide river traffic on the Columbia River. It once contained the Pacific Northwest’s oldest fog bell. It is Oregon’s smallest lighthouse, and one of only two Oregon lighthouses still operating which are not on the Pacific Ocean. Read more…


The Flood of 48
by Mabel Howell Dudley

Book cover The Flood of '48 by Mabel Howell Dudley
The Flood of ’48 by Mabel Howell Dudley

This book represents a series of articles written by Mabel Dudley Howell for monthly community periodical, The Sauvie Island Outlook, edited by Jean Fears. The articles appeared in 8 issues from May 1994 through January 1995. The Sauvie Island Outlook ceased publication August 1999.

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