The Civic Auditorium was built in The Dalles in 1921. Upon completion the Civic was dedicated as a memorial to the local Veterans of World War I. It now stands as a memorial to all Veterans. During its heyday, it was the venue for local cultural, entertainment, ceremonial, social, and recreational events ranging from concerts and theatricals to high school graduation ceremonies. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.