As the oldest bookstore in Oregon, Klindt’s Booksellers is proud to serve The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge, as well as readers who drive from far off lands to visit us. But, what truly makes Klindt’s Booksellers special is our staff who share a passion for promoting reading and literacy in the community and supporting authors.
With our original bookshelves and squeaky hardwood floors, Klindt’s Booksellers invites you to browse our selection of books, eclectic cards, journals, children’s toys, crafts, stationery and much more. We have a wide range of book titles, both new and out of print. From cooking, baking and brewing to mystery, sci-fi and thriller, we have something to please bookworms and casual readers alike.
The bookstore first opened its doors in 1870. Ingwert C. Nickelsen, a native of the Island of Fohr in the Frisian Islands, near the coast of Northern Germany, decided to settle in The Dalles and open the area’s first bookstore. The original location was across the street, but a fire forced Nickelsen to move to our current location in 1893.
In 1928, Nickelsen sold the bookstore to the Weigelt family. The Weigelt brothers, Gus and Paul, along with their sister Edna, owned and operated Weigelt’s Bookstore & Stationers for the next five decades.