While Mrs. Henderson managed the Chanticleer Inn, her cooking skills and hospitality built her a reputation that was known far and wide. Her meals became so popular and the Inn attracted so much traffic, that an improved road was eventually built. Dignitaries from all over the world traveled to experience her extraordinary hospitality.
Mrs. Henderson made a very significant contribution to the development of the Columbia River Highway. She didn’t want her guests to drink and drive, so she had a policy that liquor would not be served in her eating establishments.
Leaving the Chanticleer Inn to have her own eating establishment, Mrs. Henderson built the short-lived Latourell Falls Chalet in 1914 and it was an immediate success. Unfortunately, it burned just three months after opening and she lost everything, including a fine library and handcrafted furniture.
With her ambitious spirit and strong determination, Mrs. Henderson, or Bidy, as she was called, set out almost immediately to build again. Bidy enlisted the help of many of Portland’s prominent businessmen, who bought $20 dinner books. This time, she chose a spot overlooking picturesque Crown Point and christened the new establishment The Crown Point Chalet.