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


Hallett's Hades, Midway Gibraltar Rock - Davidson

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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. The volcanic rock proved to be unstable, and chunks ranging from several pounds to several tons would regularly break loose and fall, damaging the tracks or passing trains. In consequence, a watchman was stationed here, and trains obliged to slow down for the passage. In 1883 a sawed-timber crib several hundred feet long was constructed along the edge of the water, to allow the tracks to be moved 25 feet from the cliffs, away from the trajectory of the falling rocks. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0356
Photographer Isaac G. Davidson
Location Columbia Gorge, Wasco County
Subject Rock Formations, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.8 x 7.8 inches
Photographer's Number Number 73