A Victorian in Mist, Oregon....A Little Bit of History Could Be Yours-Part 1 The Story

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

A Victorian in Mist,Oregon  MLS#10069763 is a delight to behold. It's the first Victorian home I've listed and getting to know the history of this gorgeous property was equally as much fun as it was to take the photos on that perfect blue-sky day last fall.

69355 Highway 47, Mist Oregon $325,000

3BR, 3BA Approximately 1500 sq. ft. located on 3.92 AC w/year round creek

Built in 1870, the current owners have much history to share with new owners, both written and in photos that will go with the home.


Here is what Louise Green, the seller, shared with me about this wistful (Mistful?) property:

"The old Magnussen place was built from local fir and some cedar in the 1800s. Lars Magnussen came here as one of the first pioneers of the Nehalem Valley.

 He brought his bride here from Norway and they raised their four children here. The pictures of the family are all located on the wall in the dining room.

Mr. Magnussen made a small washhouse/canning room down beside Messner Creek [located at the back end of the property].

Legend has it Mrs. Magnussen's mother in Norway had lost her life in a stream while washing clothes, so Mrs. Magnussen insisted that a stove be put in the washhouse with a pump to bring water from the creek before she would use the washhouse.


Messner Creek (beaver dam) 


Back of the property

Inside the house where the kitchen still is, Lars built the family a wooden bath tube that also had a wood cover so it could also be used as a table.


When we moved here in 1985 we had to replace all of the foundation (long cedar logs), which was 'powdered"'wood.  While under the house, we discovered a hole in the ground about 5' deep and 6-7' square. It was a mystery to us just what the purpose was. So, I asked around and found two stories.

The first story seemed realistic: when Indians attacked, the family would go down in the hole through the living room floor and sought protection there as well as use of the cedar trough-like structure going to the outside to fire back at the Indians.

The next story probably 'holds more water': It was said the Magnussens built a vegetable storage under the house and the trough provided air circulation.

Maybe both?"


Part II The Green's first winter, coming soon and more history of the Magnussen's.

Gayle Rich-Boxman
Broker, Vernonia Realty
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
"Your Gateway to the Lake!"
Direct: (503)755-2905
My website: http://www.lakehomesatfishhawk.com/
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Comments (7)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-What a real interesting story and such wonderful pics. The tree at the entrance is rather unique. It is kind of like a nature made shade for the front porch. You are a very interesting storyteller. You would be a great adventure or mystery writer. Great job. Look forward to the next part.

Mar 12, 2011 11:43 AM
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale
www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Gayle...Looks like a real nice find!!!    Someone is going to get a really neat property !!!

Mar 12, 2011 12:03 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Gayle, I love a Victorian and reading the history behind this one and the surrounding area was fascinating. I wanted to send along an EXTREME compliment from your early blog writing days where I suggeste to add a picture or two and you have been doing nothing buy AWESOME with that since then. Great post locally as always.

Mar 12, 2011 01:09 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, I got so many wonderful photos from that day...more in Part II.

Robert--It IS a real find. I hope that whoever the next owner is, will treasure it and embrace it the way each owner prior to this has.

Gary--there's more to this history that I'll tell in Part II with MORE pictures--can't wait!! Thank you for your thumbs up because I know how honest you are. I want to step it up on sharing my listings.

Mar 12, 2011 02:46 PM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Gayle, I love what you did with your listing on this post. Excellent job and great photos. Makes me want to live there!

Mar 12, 2011 03:25 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Thank you, Pamela! It's my first official "listing" on AR...I feel a little pushy writing about my listings, but Barbara Tedaro (I hope I spelled her name correctly) said in one of her posts that she ALWAYS writes about  her listings, so I thought, well, maybe, it's OKAY.

Mar 12, 2011 03:43 PM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Gayle, you've got exceptional pictures to go with your listing and a little history also.  That makes this one  more interesting than the average listing.  The black and white pictures with the cats turned out great. 

Mar 14, 2011 03:34 PM