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  1. A Nez Perce Canoe - Curtis

    A Nez Perce Canoe - 1910

    Each region created their own canoe designs based on tradition and available materials. This view shows a Nez Perce version, carved out of a single cedar log. Learn More
  2. Bailey Gatzert in Cascade Locks - Gifford

    Bailey Gatzert in Cascade Locks - 1904

    The Cascade Locks were completed in 1896, eight years before this photo was taken by Benjamin A. Gifford. Learn More
  3. Cascades of the Columbia - McAlpin

    Cascades of the Columbia - c. 1890

    The Cascade Rapids on the Columbia River were one of two sections of the river that blocked passage for steamboats, the other being The Dalles. Learn More
  4. Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - Cross and Dimmitt

    Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - c. 1921

    Completed in 1896, Cascade Locks allowed river traffic to bypass the Columbia River Cascades until they were submerged in 1938, replaced by Bonneville Lock and Dam. Learn More
  5. Close-up of Fish Wheel on the Columbia - Mayo & Weed

    Close-up View of a Fish Wheel - 1890s

    This close-up photo shows a lot of detail, revealing some of the construction techniques for fish wheels. Learn More
  6. Columbia River Highway, Ten Miles West of The Dalles - Kinsey

    Columbia River Highway, Ten Miles West of The Dalles - 1925

    Photographer Darius Kinsey is best known for his logging photos in Washington state, but he also visited Oregon and created a series of scenic views along the Columbia River. Learn More
  7. Columbia River near White Salmon - Kiser

    Columbia River near White Salmon c. 1916

    Pine trees dominate the foreground in this scenic photo by Fred Kiser. His ability to quickly create artistic compositions is demonstrated by the thousands of scenic views he captured during his career. Learn More
  8. Columbia River Sternwheeler J. N. Teal - Leghorn

    Columbia River Sternwheer J. N. Teal - 1911

    The "J. N. Teal" docks at a primitive landing on the Columbia River, probably at the town of Arlington. Learn More
  9. Columbia River Valley and Highway from Rowena Heights - Eddy

    Columbia River Valley and Highway from Rowena Heights - 1927

    At first glance, this looks like Crown Point on the left, but it's actually Rowena Heights - about halfway between Hood River and The Dalles on the Columbia River Highway. Learn More
  10. Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - Bertram C. Towne

    Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - c. 1887

    The lamprey is an ancient fish, which like the salmon returns from several years in the ocean to spawn in fresh-water rivers. Learn More
  11. Echo Bay and Falls, Columbia River - Haynes

    Echo Bay and Falls, Columbia River - 1880s

    This nicely-composed photo was created by Frank J. Haynes, who though based in Dakota Territory, traveled several times to Oregon to create a series of stereoviews. Learn More
  12. Family with Their Fishwheel, Columbia River - Crawford

    Family with Their Fishwheel, Columbia River - c. 1890

    While some of the large fishwheels, and most of the permanently fixed fishwheels, were owned by corporations or other businesses, many families built and operated their own fishwheels on the Columbia River. Learn More
  13. Finishing a Log Raft on the Columbia River - Ford

    Finishing a Log Raft on the Columbia River - c. 1900

    This well-composed view of a cigar-shaped log raft was taken by John Ford on the lower Columbia, the area where he created most of his photos. Learn More
  14. Fish Wheel at Bradford's Island - Crawford

    Fish Wheel at Bradford's Island - c. 1890

    The original title of this photo didn't even mention the fish wheel; it was just called "Bradford's Island, Columbia River". Learn More
  15. Fish Wheel with One Night's Catch - Herrin

    Fish Wheel with One Night's Catch - 1894

    The crew of a fish wheel near the Dalles shows off their catch. Learn More
  16. Harvest Queen Towing the Glenelvan of Glasgow, Scotland

    Harvest Queen Towing the Glenelvan of Glasgow, Scotland - 1897

    The Harvest Queen, a large sternwheeler at 200 feet long, was often used as a tug to tow ocean-going sailing ships up and down the Columbia River. Learn More
  17. Harvest Queen Working as a Tug on the Columbia - White

    Harvest Queen Working as a Tug on the Columbia - c. 1903

    Larger sternwheelers were occasionally pressed into service as tugboats to help guide tall masted ships through the narrow passages of the Columbia River. Learn More
  18. Hood River Bridge - Eddy

    Hood River Bridge - 1926

    The Hood River Bridge is the second oldest bridge built across the Columbia between Oregon and Washington, having been completed in 1924, shortly before this photo was created. Learn More
  19. Interstate Bridge, Nearing Completion - Prentiss

    Interstate Bridge, Nearing Completion - 1917

    This is the new Interstate Bridge, the first auto bridge between Portland and Vancouver, shortly before it was opened on Feb. 14th, 1917 - which was Oregon's 58th anniversary of its statehood. Learn More
  20. Landing a Salmon at The Dalles - Herrin

    Landing a Salmon at The Dalles - 1890s

    A rare early "live action" shot of dip-net fishing at The Dalles. Learn More
  21. Lily White's Houseboat, The Raysark, on the Columbia - White

    Lily White's Houseboat, The Raysark, on the Columbia - c. 1903

    This view of the Raysark is likely near Lyle, Washington, where Lily White often moored her boat. We're probably looking towards the river from one of the inlets, or "lakes", that occur along the north shore of the Columbia in that area. Learn More
  22. Looking Across the Columbia River from Cape Horn - Jackson

    Looking Across the Columbia River from Cape Horn - c. 1900

    Turning the tables on many photographs of Cape Horn, Jackson chooses here to use the overhanging bluff as a frame for a view back across the river towards Oregon. Learn More
  23. Looking Over Skamokawa Towards the Columbia

    Looking Over Skamokawa Towards the Columbia - c. 1914

    This view of Skamokawa, on the Washington side of the lower Columbia, shows us the residents were quite aware of variations in water levels. Many homes and even wooden sidewalks were elevated to deal with periodic flooding. Learn More
  24. Looking Over the Newly Completed Bonneville Dam - Eddy

    Looking Over the Newly Completed Bonneville Dam - 1939

    Bonneville Dam and its associated locks brought huge changes to the Columbia River, as well as the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  25. Mt. Hood from the Columbia River - Detroit Photographic Co.

    Mt. Hood from the Columbia River - 1901

    A pastoral scene that has everything -- flowers, water, animals, trees, a steamboat and mountain, and color, courtesy of the newly developed photochrom process. Learn More
  26. Mule Laden with Casks, Colville - Corp of Royal Engineers

    Mule Laden with Casks, Colville - c. 1860

    A mule is out fitted to carry casks for the British Northwest Boundary Commission at their Colville "huts" on the Columbia River. Learn More
  27. Navy Ships on the Columbia River - White

    Navy Ships on the Columbia River - c. 1903

    The anchor rope from photographer White's houseboat can be seen tied to a tree in this view of Navy ships on the Columbia, taken and developed by her without having to leave her home on the water. Learn More
  28. Ocean Steamer on the Columbia River - Eddy

    Ocean Steamer on the Columbia River - 1938

    Motorists stop along the Columbia River Highway to watch the "Charles L. Wheeler, Jr." passing upstream on the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam. This was not a typical sight; the Wheeler was the only ship of its size to travel this far up river. Learn More
  29. Ocean Steamer Under Bridge of the Gods - Eddy

    Ocean Steamer Under Bridge of the Gods - 1938

    The "Charles L. Wheeler, Jr.", a 3,300 ton cargo ship, was the first (and only) ocean steamer to go through the newly-opened Bonneville Locks in 1938. Learn More
  30. On the Columbia River Near Cape Horn - Jackson

    On the Columbia River Near Cape Horn - c. 1900

    This subtle view of the Columbia was created by photographer W. H. Jackson during the years he was a partner in the Detroit Photographic Company. Learn More
  31. Opening of Cascade Locks - Herrin

    Opening of Cascade Locks - 1896

    This photo was taken to celebrate the opening of the Cascade Locks on November 5, 1896. Learn More
  32. Opening the Columbia, Canal & Locks at the Cascades - The West Shore

    Opening the Columbia, Canal & Locks at the Cascades - 1889

    This 1889 engraving shows the construction of the Cascade Locks and Canal, which took 20 years to complete, finally opening in 1896. Learn More
  33. Periods of Time - White

    Periods of Time - 1902

    This classic photo of different generations was taken by Oregon amateur photographer Lily White, likely somewhere along the Columbia River. Learn More
  34. Portland - Vancouver Ferry on the Columbia River - Jackson

    Portland - Vancouver Ferry on the Columbia River - c. 1900

    Part of a series of Columbia River photos created by Jackson on a visit to Oregon about 1900, this view provides a picturesque look at the trip from Vancouver to Portland at that time. Learn More
  35. Rooster Rock from the Bluffs - Meiser

    Rooster Rock from the Bluffs - c. 1900

    Most early views of Rooster Rock are from the river side. This glass negative by Jesse Meiser captures the view from the bluffs. Learn More
  36. Salmon Fishermen on the Columbia River - Kilburn

    Salmon Fishermen on the Columbia River - 1896

    Standing along, or in, the south edge of the Columbia, this proud crew shows off the results of their labors. Learn More
  37. Salmon Fishermen, Columbia River

    Salmon Fishermen, Columbia River - c. 1900

    A great group portrait of a salmon fishing crew showing off their catch, likely near the mouth of the Columbia. The second fellow from the right appears to be the supervisor. Learn More
  38. Salmon Fishing, Upper Columbia River - Ingersoll

    Salmon Fishing, Upper Columbia River - c. 1885

    This 1880s view of bank fishing in the Columbia shows three fishermen, two of them displaying what I'd call fairly small fish. Learn More
  39. Seining for Salmon at the Mouth of the Columbia - Meiser

    Seining for Salmon at the Mouth of the Columbia - c. 1900

    Seine fishing is a traditional way of taking salmon from the Columbia. When early settlers arrived here they found the Chinook people using seines made from wild grasses or fiber from tree roots. Learn More
  40. Snag Boat & Diver on the Columbia at Quinn

    Snag Boat & Diver on the Columbia at Quinn - 1893

    The snag boat crew, including their diver, poses for a photo at Hodgkins & Balls Salmon Fishery in Quinn, a long-lost town north of Clatskanie. Learn More
  41. Steamer Hassalo Going Over the Cascades of the Columbia - Hutchins

    Steamer Hassalo Going Over the Cascades of the Columbia - 1888

    This was quite the famous photo in its day. That day was May 26, 1888 when the Hassalo was taken down the Cascades of the Columbia, making the 6 mile trip in 7 minutes. Learn More
  42. Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert in Cascade Locks

    Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert in Cascade Locks - 1911

    This view is representative of many photos taken of early 20th century excursions on the Columbia River on the Bailey Gatzert. Learn More
  43. Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert Pauses along the Columbia

    Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert Pauses along the Columbia - c. 1915

    The Bailey Gatzert was one of the most famous steamboats to run on the Columbia, both because of her longevity and the number of passengers who traveled on her. Learn More
  44. Sternwheeler Passing Cape Horn on the Columbia - Meiser

    Sternwheeler Passing Cape Horn on the Columbia - c. 1900

    An unidentified steamship passes Cape Horn, on the Washington side of the Columbia, on its way downstream. Learn More
  45. Sternwheelers M. F. Henderson & Shaver with Log Raft

    Sternwheelers M. F. Henderson & Shaver with Log Raft - c. 1905

    The two named sternwheelers escort a large log raft down the Columbia at the beginning of its voyage in the Pacific, probably to San Diego. while three and four masted sailing ships wait in the background. Learn More
  46. Sunset on Mt. Hood, from Columbia Slough (Cropped Version) - Winter

    Sunset on Mt. Hood, from Columbia Slough (Cropped Version) - c. 1917

    The original for this image is a large hand-tinted photograph signed by the Winter Photo Company. Learn More
  47. Sunset on Mt. Hood, from Columbia Slough - Winter

    Sunset on Mt. Hood, from Columbia Slough (Panorama) - c. 1917

    The original for this image is a large hand-tinted photograph signed by the Winter Photo Company. Learn More
  48. The Columbia River near Lyle - Kiser

    The Columbia River near Lyle - c. 1920

    This Fred Kiser photo looks upstream along the Columbia River, with the town of Lyle in the distance. The Chamberlain Lake Railroad Tunnel is on the left. Learn More
  49. The Docks at Skamokawa, Looking North

    The Docks at Skamokawa, Looking North - c. 1910

    Skamokawa, a historic shipping town on the north bank of the lower Columbia, was built on a network of sloughs and inlets feeding into the main river itself. Learn More
  50. The Docks at Skamokawa, Looking South

    The Docks at Skamokawa, Looking South - c. 1911

    Skamokawa, a historic steamboat landing site on the lower Columbia River, got its name from an Indian term meaning "smoke on the water", due to the common presence of fog that followed its intersecting waterways. Learn More

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