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  1. Approaching Mitchell's Point, Columbia River Highway - Clark Kinsey

    Approaching Mitchell's Point, Columbia River Highway - c. 1923

    Most people know Mitchell's Point as the location for the tunnel with windows, built for the historic Columbia Gorge Highway in 1915. Learn More
  2. Blockhouse at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - Davidson

    Blockhouse at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Built in 1856, this blockhouse was only used for a few years but lasted for decades afterwards. The Cascades were a strategic military site during unrest between early settlers and the Native American inhabitants. Learn More
  3. Blockhouse, Upper Cascades - Corps of Royal Engineers

    Blockhouse, Upper Cascades, Columbia River - 1860

    Fort Lugenbeel, also known as the Upper Blockhouse, was built in 1856 after the "Cascades Massacre" of the Yakima Indian Wars occurred just downstream. Learn More
  4. Boating at Castle Rock - Weister

    Boating at Castle Rock - c. 1901

    Two properly attired women manage their rowboats in the foreground of this idyllic scene at Castle Rock, now known as Beacon Rock, on the Columbia River. Learn More
  5. Bonneville Dam, Columbia River - Eddy

    Bonneville Dam, Columbia River - 1939

    Ralph Eddy was fascinated with the interplay between built structures like bridges and dams, and the natural environment where they were placed. This view shows the Bonneville Dam shortly after it was completed in 1937. Learn More
  6. Bridal Veil Bluffs, Columbia Gorge - Davidson

    Bridal Veil Bluffs, Columbia Gorge - 1880s

    The Bridal Veil Bluffs and the Pillars of Hercules are adjoining basalt formations in the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  7. Bridal Veil Falls - Savage

    Bridal Veil Falls - 1880s

    Bridal Veil Falls, the only falls below the historic Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. Learn More
  8. Bridal Veil, Snow Bound - Herrin

    Bridal Veil, Snow Bound - c. 1885

    The photographer's title apparently refers to the person in the cabin, rather than the train, which seems to be getting through heading up-river. Learn More
  9. Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - Velarde
  10. Cape Horn - Haynes

    Cape Horn - 1880s

    A rowboat makes its way along the edge of Cape Horn, on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Learn More
  11. Cape Horn on the Columbia River - Meiser

    Cape Horn on the Columbia River - c. 1900

    This very detailed view of Cape Horn is reproduced from an original glass negative created by Oregon photographer Jesse A. Meiser in about 1900. Learn More
  12. Cape Horn, Columbia River - Near View - Davidson

    Cape Horn, Columbia River - Near View - 1870s

    This near view of Cape Horn shows several small waterfalls amid the pinnacles. Learn More
  13. Cars and Motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge

    Cars and Motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge - c. 1916

    An unknown photographer captured this scene of cars and motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge on the Columbia River Highway, shortly after the highway was opened in 1916. Learn More
  14. Castle Rock - Meiser

    Castle Rock - c. 1900

    This highly detailed view of Castle Rock (now called Beacon Rock) was taken looking upstream from the north bank of the Columbia River by Vancouver photographer Jesse Meiser. Learn More
  15. Castle Rock from Oregon Side - Davidson

    Castle Rock from the Oregon Side - 1880s

    An unusual view of Castle Rock (now Beacon Rock) from across the Columbia River. Learn More
  16. Castle Rock, Near View - Davidson

    Castle Rock, Columbia River, Near View - c. 1878

    Now known as Beacon Rock, this striking feature is located near Skamamia on the northern side of the Columbia. Learn More
  17. Celilo Falls on the Columbia - Gifford

    Celilo Falls on the Columbia - 1900

    This view of three men looking over Celilo Falls is one of Benjamin Gifford's better-known photos, and rightly so. Learn More
  18. Celilo Falls, Washington side - Herrin

    Celilo Falls, Washington Side - 1890s

    This view of Celilo Falls from the Washington side was captured by D. C. Herrin of the Dalles in the 1890s. Learn More
  19. Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Highway - Pacific Photo Co.

    Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    The Chanticleer Inn, at the west end of the Columbia River Highway, was built in 1912 and predated the highway. Like many early wooden inns, it burned down, in 1930. Learn More
  20. Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1880s

    This closeup view shows how the solidly built blockhouse still persisted thirty years after it was abandoned. Learn More
  21. Columbia Gorge from Crown Point - Eddy

    Columbia Gorge from Crown Point - 1932

    Looking upstream in the Columbia Gorge, with the photographer standing near Vista House at Crown Point. The decorative wall and lamps are still there today. Learn More
  22. Columbia River Drive and River, East of Hood River - Kinsey

    Columbia River Drive and River, East of Hood River - 1923

    This image was captured by photographer Darius Kinsey, best known for his logging photos from Washington state. Learn More
  23. Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls - Eddy

    Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls - 1923

    This is one of Ralph Eddy's earliest photos of the Columbia Gorge - a location where he would soon establish his postcard stand and build a career. Learn More
  24. Columbia River Highway Under Tooth Rock - Eddy

    Columbia River Highway Under Tooth Rock - 1927

    We're looking upstream at Tooth Rock Viaduct, devised as a way to allow the new scenic highway to pass around the rock without destroying it by blasting. Learn More
  25. Columbia River Railroad Bridge at Celilo - Patterson

    Columbia River Railroad Bridge at Celilo - c. 1912

    Looking across the Celilo railroad bridge shortly after its completion in 1912. Learn More
  26. Construction of Columbia River Highway, with Temporary Railroad

    Construction of Columbia River Highway, with Temporary Railroad - 1915

    Many historic photos exist of the Columbia River Highway. This one is unusual, showing the temporary railroad used to move heavy materials along the highway grade during construction. Learn More
  27. Crown Point and Vista House - Cross & Dimmitt

    Crown Point and Vista House - c. 1921

    Cross and Dimmitt made several hand-tinted versions of this photo. This is the water color version. Learn More
  28. Crown Point Before Vista House - Kiser

    Crown Point Before Vista House - c. 1916

    This unusual view shows Crown Point before Vista House was built, but apparently after the Columbia River Highway was completed. That would date it to a short span of time in 1916. Learn More
  29. Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - Kinsey

    Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - c. 1920

    Photographer Clark Kinsey is best know for his logging photos, but he also had a great touch for scenic views of the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  30. Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    This image is recreated from a hand-colored print made by the Fred Kiser Company, as part of a series publicizing the new scenic highway. Learn More
  31. Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    "Eagle's Nest" is the name given by Samuel Lancaster to this small viewing area when he designed it as part of the Columbia River Highway. Learn More
  32. East of Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    East of Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    Many of Kiser's Columbia River Highway photos contrast the geometric lines of bridges and railings with the organic forms of the Columbia River Valley. Learn More
  33. Elowah Falls in Autumn, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Elowah Falls in Autumn, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    Elowah Falls are on McCord Creek, and were originally called McCord Falls, which is the name given on our hand-tinted original print. Learn More
  34. Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge - Weister

    Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge - c. 1915

    One of the "hidden gems" of the Columbia Gorge, Elowah Falls can be reached by an easy 3/4 mile hike. Learn More
  35. Engine 132 Passing Through The Needles

    Engine 132 Passing Through The Needles - c. 1900

    A steam engine on the line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company (O R & N) passes between the two spires of The Needles on its way up the Columbia River. Learn More
  36. Fairy Falls, Columbia Gorge - Herrin

    Fairy Falls, Columbia Gorge - 1890s

    This photo comes from an unlabeled D. C. Herrin boudoir card; thus we're guessing a bit when we identify them as Fairy Falls. We're confident they're in the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  37. Fish Wheel at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - McAlpin

    Fish Wheel at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Fish wheels, water-powered mechanisms that "mined" salmon, were active on the Columbia River from 1879 through 1934. Learn More
  38. Fish Wheel near the Lower Cascades - Harnish

    Fish Wheel near the Lower Cascades - 1900s

    A detailed view of an elaborate fixed fish wheel on the bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  39. Fish Wheel on the Columbia River - White

    Fish Wheel on Columbia River - 1905

    According to the original caption, this fish wheel near The Dalles would "take out half a ton of salmon daily". Learn More
  40. Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - Patterson

    Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - 1910s

    This fishing photo shows two methods of taking salmon at the falls. Learn More
  41. Government Locks at the Cascades - Kilburn

    Government Locks at the Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1890

    It took 18 years to build these locks, which were completed in 1896. They operated for forty years, until being submerged by Bonneville Dam in 1938. Learn More
  42. Grandpa & Grandma Munra at Bonneville Eating House - Haynes

    Grandpa & Grandma Munra at Bonneville Eating House - 1888

    Katherine and Selkirk Munra were known as Grandma and Grandpa Munra when they ran the Bonneville Eating House, along the tracks of the O R & N near the current site of the Bonneville Dam. Learn More
  43. Hallett's Hades, Midway Gibraltar Rock - Davidson

    Hallett's Hades, Midway Gibraltar Rock - c. 1880

    Hallett's Hades was a point about 12 miles west of The Dalles, where the railroad tracks passed close to the edge of a cliff, part of which had been blown off in their construction. Learn More
  44. Hoisting Logs from Pond to Mill at Palmer - White

    Hoisting Logs from Pond to Mill at Palmer - 1905

    At the Palmer Mill uphill from Bridal Veil, logs from the pond were hoisted by a power conveyor to the second floor to be rough-cut into timbers as their first step towards becoming finished lumber. Learn More
  45. Horse Logging near Bridal Veil - Towne

    Horse Logging near Bridal Veil - 1890s

    The photographer's title "Logging Near Bridal Veil" probably refers to the Columbia Gorge logging town of Bridal Veil, rather than the waterfall. Learn More
  46. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1917

    Horsetail Falls, located about two and a half miles east of Multnomah Falls, is one of several waterfalls that are easily viewable from the historic highway. Learn More
  47. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Cross and Dimmitt

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1921

    This hand-tinted image is reproduced from a medium sized print sold by Cross & Dimmitt at Vista House during the 1920s and 1930s. Learn More
  48. Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - Watkins

    Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - 1867

    Seen from the Washington side of the Columbia, a modest dwelling overlooks the head of the Dalles, where the river narrows on the far side heading downstream to the right. Learn More
  49. Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - Vail

    Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - 1905

    This rare, and detailed, early view of a village on the Washington side of The Dalles is printed from an original glass negative created by amateur photographer Willis Vail. Learn More
  50. Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Showing its 5 Windows - Cross & Dimmitt

    Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Showing its 5 Windows - c. 1921

    Mitchell's Point Tunnel was designed by Oregon highway engineer John Arthur Elliott, and was completed in 1915. Its five windows allowed travelers to view the Columbia River while passing through the tunnel. Learn More

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