For one of the most spectacular views in Portland, head to the city’s West Hills, where you’ll find the historic Pittock Mansion. Built in 1914 by Oregon publishing tycoon Henry Pittock, this 16,000 square foot French Renaissance style home is situated on 46 beautifully landscaped acres and boasts sweeping views of greater Portland, the Willamette River, Mount Hood, and the Cascade Mountain Range. On an unrelated but wholly intriguing note, Pittock was quite the shrewd businessman, having developed an elaborate system to make sure his paper, The Oregonian, received news about the Civil War ahead of his local competitors by arranging for pony express and stagecoach relay of wire dispatches rather than doing as his competitors did and waiting for news to arrive via steamer ship from San Francisco. This system proved particularly fruitful for Pittock when news of President Lincoln’s assassination came across the wire and the Western Union telegraph operator, with whom Pittock had become chummy, concealed the news of Lincoln’s death from the other local papers until The Oregonian had published the news as a scoop. Talk about the Wild West!
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