Family with Their Fishwheel, Columbia River - c. 1890


Family with Their Fishwheel, Columbia River - Crawford

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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. In this example, which also happens to be just a really nice photograph, it appears the whole family has turned out for a photo on their craft. Even the two dogs are visible in the rowboat in detail view 1. Unlike many smaller wheels, this one has a fully enclosed (and heated) cabin, which leads us to believe the owners sometimes lived on it during fishing season. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0476
Photographer James G. Crawford
Location Columbia River
Subject Fishing
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.3 x 7.6 inches
Photographer's Number Number 130