Statement of Significance: James Wilson, born in France in 1827, was a riverboat captain, pilot and fireman. He arrived in Portland in 1852, and worked on the steamer "Portland" for three or four years, and then on the "Mary Hassalo" on the Columbia River until 1859. He served on a variety of steamers. From 1880 to 1889 he worked for Ben Holladay's river concerns. The house is significant for its age, style, and possible association with Wilson, a member of the steamboat 'elite.'