Rivers and Streams - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Along the McKenzie River - Martin

    Along the McKenzie River - 1921

    Good photos bring you into the scene. This view of the McKenzie River by Eugene photographer Edmund Martin definitely qualifies by that criteria. Learn More
  2. Along the Willamette River, Oregon City - Eddy

    Along the Willamette River, Oregon City - 1940

    This well-composed view shows the concrete Pacific Highway entering Oregon City. Then a national highway, 99E was removed from the federal system in 1972. Learn More
  3. Annie Creek Canyon, Near Crater Lake - Tibbitts

    Annie Creek Canyon, Near Crater Lake - c. 1908

    This view of Annie Creek Canyon is reproduced from an original glass negative by Howard Tibbitts, who was based in San Francisco where he worked for Sunset Magazine. Learn More
  4. Arch Bridge Vista, Oregon City - Eddy

    Arch Bridge Vista, Oregon City - c. 1950

    A striking view that contrasts the natural landscape with the built structure of the bridge, taken by photographer Ralph Eddy near the end of his professional career. Learn More
  5. Ashland Creek in Lithia Park, Ashland - Eddy

    Ashland Creek in Lithia Park, Ashland - 1932

    This view of Ashland Creek received more positive comments than any other photo in our 2012 Ralph Eddy Exhibit at the Clackamas County Historical Society. Learn More
  6. At the Mouth of the Tualatin

    At the Mouth of the Tualatin - c. 1930

    In a location that looks much the same today, a young woman poses on a rock where the Tualatin flows into the Willamette. The original for this view is a hand-colored print from a black and white photograph. Learn More
  7. Baker's Bridge, Across the Clackamas River - Indahl

    Baker's Bridge, Across the Clackamas River - c. 1900

    This rare early view shows the original wooden covered bridge that crossed the Clackamas River at Carver, reported to have been the longest covered bridge in Oregon at the time of its completion. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Boones Ferry - Patton Postcards

    Boones Ferry, near Wilsonville - c. 1908

    A tranquil view of the old Boones Ferry, near Wilsonville. Learn More
  11. 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
  12. Building on the Edge - Gifford

    Building on the Edge - 1890s

    A rather surreal photograph of a building overhanging the edge of a channel at the Dalles. Learn More
  13. C & E Railway Trestle and Baker Covered Bridge at Carver

    C & E Railway Trestle and Baker's Covered Bridge at Carver - c. 1930

    This photo was taken at the time the old covered bridge was being replaced by a new steel bridge, and the railroad trestle to the left was under construction. Learn More
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Clackamas River Near Estacada - Eddy

    Clackamas River Near Estacada - 1922

    One of Ralph Eddy's earliest landscape photos, this view looks up the Clackamas River at an unknown location - probably not too far from Eddy's home in Oregon City. Learn More
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  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. Deschutes River at Twin Crossings - Weister

    Deschutes River at Twin Crossings - circa 1910

    Construction has just begun for the south railroad trestle across the Deschutes at Milepost 44, north of Sherars Falls. Learn More
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Fields Covered Bridge, on the Tualatin River

    Fields Covered Bridge, on the Tualatin River - c. 1935

    The last of four Fields Covered Bridges over the Tualatin River, west of Willamette. Learn More
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Fish Wheel, Near Bradford's Island, Columbia River - Isaac G. Davidson

    Fish Wheel, Near Bradford's Island, Columbia River - c. 1880

    This photo shows an early fish wheel on the Columbia River, near Bradford's Island, which is now submerged behind Bonneville Dam. Learn More
  38. Fishing in Eden - Weister

    Fishing in Eden - circa 1915

    Recreated from the original glass negative, this view shows one of many beautiful fishing holes in the state of Oregon. Learn More
  39. Flume for Cazadero Powerhouse - Reck

    Flume for Cazadero Powerhouse - 1910

    The Cazadero flume was completed in 1907, built from wood to bring water from the Cazadero Dam on the Clackamas river to Faraday Lake, which then powered the Cazadero powerhouse. Learn More
  40. Fort Canby & "Big Betsy" Cannon - Meiser

    Fort Canby & "Big Betsy" Cannon - c. 1900

    "Big Betsy" was the nickname given to Fort Canby's 15-inch Rodman cannon, the largest of the fort's muzzle loading cannons. Learn More
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. Hood River from the Eastside Grade - Patterson

    Hood River from the Eastside Grade - c. 1910

    Looking north down Hood River from the east bank, we see the town named after the river to the left. In the distance is the Columbia River, and the hills of Washington State on the other side. Learn More
  44. Horse Camping in Eastern Washington - Palmer

    Horse Camping in Eastern Washington - c. 1910

    This idylic photo is taken along an unnamed river in eastern Washington. If you can identify the location, please let us know. Learn More
  45. Hunting on the Salmon River at Mt. Hood - Indahl

    Hunting on the Salmon River at Mt. Hood - c. 1905

    This hundred-year-old photo shows three relatives of Olaf Indahl, a photographer featured on this site, from a print we are attributing to Indahl himself. Learn More
  46. 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
  47. Latourelle Bridge, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Latourelle Bridge, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    Looking across the newly completed bridge, we can still see a ladder below and planks piled in the distance. Learn More
  48. Lily White's Houseboat at Dunthorpe Water Works - White

    Lily White's Houseboat at Dunthorpe Water Works - c. 1903

    Lily White and her friend Sarah Ladd were accomplished amateur photographers whose work is still appreciated today. White was known for her houseboat, the Raysark, which she used as her photography headquarters, usually anchored along the Columbia River. Learn More
  49. Lily White's Houseboat Moored at Castle Rock - White

    Lily White's Houseboat Moored at Castle Rock - c. 1903

    The Oregon Historical Society owns a print of this view of Lily White's houseboat, the Raysark, near Castle Rock. Our version starts instead from the original glass plate, in a private collection, and is a slightly larger crop. Learn More
  50. 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

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