Locks - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. 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
  2. Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - Velarde

    Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - 1910

    The Dalles-Celilo canal, over eight miles long, begins about three miles upriver from The Dalles. Its construction lasted from 1905 through 1915. Learn More
  3. Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - Jackson

    Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - c 1885

    We're looking over a movable fishwheel, sometimes called a fish scow, towards the Cascade Locks under construction and the town of Cascade Locks behind them. 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. Falls of the Willamette River at Oregon City - The West Shore

    Falls of the Willamette River at Oregon City - 1887

    This exaggerated engraving of Willamette Falls was published in The West Shore magazine in Portland in August of 1887. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. Loading Paper on a Barge, Crown-Willamette Paper Company

    Loading Paper on a Barge, Crown-Willamette Paper Company - c. 1920

    An unusual vantage point for a photo of Crown-Willamette Paper Company gives us a good view of a crew loading paper on a barge, using hand-trucks. Learn More
  8. Log Rafts Below Willamette Falls Locks

    Log Rafts Below Willamette Falls Locks - c. 1905

    This classic view looks upstream below the locks and above them, Willamette Falls. Learn More
  9. Looking North over the Town of Cascade Locks

    Looking North over the Town of Cascade Locks - c. 1900

    This highly-detailed turn-of-the-last-century photo shows a residential area of Cascade Locks, the locks, and the river and hills to the north. Learn More
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Oregon City from the Bluff, Main St. Between 2nd & 3rd

    Oregon City from the Bluff, Main St. Between 2nd & 3rd - 1874

    This detailed early photo provides a good view of the mills in Oregon City, Willamette Falls, and the newly built locks on the other side of the river. Learn More
  13. Steamer "Gov. Grover" in Willamette Falls Locks

    Steamer "Gov. Grover" in Willamette Falls Locks - 1873

    This early view shows both the locks and the steamboat Governor Grover the year they were completed. Learn More
  14. Steamer Beaver Descending West Linn Locks

    Steamer Beaver Descending West Linn Locks - 1929

    This photo gives us a great view of both a crowd of passengers on the sternwheeler Beaver, and also the original wooden lock gates on one of four chambers of the Willamette Falls Locks. Learn More
  15. 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
  16. Sternwheeler N. R. Lang in Willamette Falls Locks

    Sternwheeler N. R. Lang in Willamette Falls Locks - c. 1910

    We're looking downstream at the Willamette Locks, and have a good view of both the two sternwheelers and many of the buildings on the river side of locks. Learn More
  17. Sternwheeler Ruth in Willamette Falls Locks

    Sternwheeler Ruth in Willamette Falls Locks c. 1897

    By 1897, the pulp and paper mill at Willamette Falls was booming, as can be seen in the background of this photo of the steamer Ruth in the locks. Learn More
  18. The Modoc Going Up Willamette Falls Locks

    The Modoc Going Up Willamette Falls Locks - 1903

    Looking down towards the falls from the west side we can see a lock tender's residence, the locks, mills on both sides of the river, and Station A through the mist in the far center. Learn More
  19. Three Levels of Steamboats at Willamette Falls

    Three Levels of Steamboats at Willamette Falls - 1874

    This rare early photograph was taken shortly after the locks were opened in 1873, and shows steamboats in the upper river, lower river, and locks. Learn More
  20. Upper Basin, Willamette Falls Locks - Portland Postcard Co.

    Upper Basin, Willamette Falls Locks - c. 1910

    Looking upstream just above the locks themselves, we see log rafts waiting their turn to travel through the locks on their way to sawmills further down the river. Learn More
  21. Upper End of Willamette Falls Locks - Crawford

    Upper End of Willamette Falls Locks - c. 1890

    This Crawford stereoview shows the locks about twenty years after their construction, looking downstream. By this time the rocky island to their right was completely covered by industries that still exist today - a paper mill and an electric plant. Learn More
  22. Upper Entrance to the Dalles - Celilo Canal - Velarde

    Upper Entrance to the Dalles - Celilo Canal - 1910

    This is the upper entrance of the eight-mile-long Dalles-Celilo Canal, about halfway through its construction process. Learn More
  23. Willamette Falls and Locks - Crawford

    Willamette Falls and Locks - c. 1880

    Opened in 1873, by 1880 the locks still hosted only a few wooden frame buildings, mostly for the use of the lock-keepers and their families. The town of Canemah is visible in the distance beyond the falls. Learn More
  24. Willamette Falls and Locks

    Willamette Falls and Locks - circa 1888

    This photo looking upstream from below the Falls was probably taken from the Oregon City suspension bridge, completed in 1888. Learn More
  25. Willamette Falls Locks - Crawford

    Willamette Falls Locks

    An early view of the Willamette Falls locks, opened January 1, 1873. Learn More
  26. Willamette Falls Locks - Davidson

    Willamette Falls Locks - circa 1880

    This view is reproduced from a boudoir card published by Isaac G. Davidson in about 1880, a few years after the locks were opened. The locks themselves are not a lot different than they are today. Learn More
  27. Willamette Falls Locks at High Water - Eddy

    Willamette Falls Locks at High Water - 1923

    Shortly after the Arch Bridge was completed, the Willamette River experienced one of its periodic floods. Here we see high water flowing through (over) the locks on the West Linn side of Willamette Falls. Learn More
  28. Willamette Falls Mills and Locks, Looking Downstream - Tibbitts

    Willamette Falls Mills and Locks, Looking Downstream - c. 1908

    This highly detailed view of the west side of the Willamette River at the Falls was created by Howard Tibbitts, a San Francisco based photographer. Learn More
  29. Willamette Falls, from Upper End of Locks - Crawford

    Willamette Falls, from Upper End of Locks - 1890s

    A different view of the falls, taken from the diversion area at the upper end of the locks. Learn More
  30. Work Crew at Willamette Falls Locks

    Work Crew at Willamette Falls Locks - 1890s

    The crew lines up on the side of the locks facing the river, as water seeps through from the full chamber behind them. Learn More

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