First Building in Helix

Helix, Oregon Historical Walking Tour

First Building in Helix

Pendleton, Oregon 97801, United States

Created By: Lorin Kubishta


It was on this lot that Helix's first building was built in 1881 by Orange Switzler. The building, called the old red house, served as a post office, a butcher shop, grocery store, rooming house, birthplace of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, and home for the first newspaper in Helix, "The Inland Homestead," in 1889.

Later, Vernon Kerley tore down the old red house and built the small home that occupies the lot still today. This house became longtime Helix residents Henry and Cassie Campbell's home in 1931.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Helix, Oregon Historical Walking Tour


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