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Remember history of Skyline Hospital in library display

Photographs depict dedication ceremonies

The West Klickitat County Historical Society invites the public to stop by the White Salmon Library and view the display set up to honor Skyline Hospital's 50th year of service to the community.

The display showcases many matted photographs from the hospital dedication ceremonies on June 15, 1952. Over 500 people witnessed the ceremonies and more than 1,000 people roamed throughout the building on supervised tours.

The local band and choir performed and the event was broadcast by KIHR radio. Only one room was totally furnished at the dedication and it took two weeks to cleanup and finish furnishing the building.

The building cost $350,000 to build and various community groups donated much of the cost of furnishings.

The display also has a token, on loan from Terry Trantow, used by the hospital patrons to listen to radio broadcasts.

The photograph collection was donated by the late Orvil Knutson.

The display will run through the end of September and the historical society encouages any written remembrances of the dedication.

The Gorge Heritage Museum, located 1 block north of Fidel's in Bingen, is also open through the end of September.


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