Columbia Gorge - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. 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
  2. Celilo Falls, Circa 1915

    Celilo Falls, Circa 1915

    This image, recreated from a detailed larger print, shows another edition of the evolving fishing structures at Celilo Falls. Learn More
  3. Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Highway - Pacific Photo Co.

    Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    The Chanticleer Inn, at the west end of the Columbia River Highway, was built in 1912 and predated the highway. Like many early wooden inns, it burned down, in 1930. Learn More
  4. Columbia River Railroad Bridge at Celilo - Patterson

    Columbia River Railroad Bridge at Celilo - c. 1912

    Looking across the Celilo railroad bridge shortly after its completion in 1912. Learn More
  5. Construction of Columbia River Highway, with Temporary Railroad

    Construction of Columbia River Highway, with Temporary Railroad - 1915

    Many historic photos exist of the Columbia River Highway. This one is unusual, showing the temporary railroad used to move heavy materials along the highway grade during construction. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    This image is recreated from a hand-colored print made by the Fred Kiser Company, as part of a series publicizing the new scenic highway. Learn More
  8. Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    "Eagle's Nest" is the name given by Samuel Lancaster to this small viewing area when he designed it as part of the Columbia River Highway. Learn More
  9. 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
  10. Elowah Falls in Autumn, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Elowah Falls in Autumn, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    Elowah Falls are on McCord Creek, and were originally called McCord Falls, which is the name given on our hand-tinted original print. Learn More
  11. Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge - Weister

    Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge - c. 1915

    One of the "hidden gems" of the Columbia Gorge, Elowah Falls can be reached by an easy 3/4 mile hike. Learn More
  12. Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - Patterson

    Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - 1910s

    This fishing photo shows two methods of taking salmon at the falls. Learn More
  13. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1917

    Horsetail Falls, located about two and a half miles east of Multnomah Falls, is one of several waterfalls that are easily viewable from the historic highway. Learn More
  14. 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
  15. Latourelle Falls, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Latourelle Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1917

    This photograph was probably taken by Fred Kiser, but our original hand-tinted print is from the Winter Photo Company, who purchased Kiser's images in 1916. Learn More
  16. Looking up the Columbia River from Inspiration Point - Kiser

    Looking up the Columbia River from Inspiration Point - c. 1916

    This vantage point takes in both Rooster Rock, on the left, and Crown Point, on the right. Vista House has yet to be constructed. Learn More
  17. Mist Falls, Columbia Highway 1,200 Feet Below - Kiser

    Mist Falls, Columbia Highway 1,200 Feet Below - c. 1916

    This image is recreated from a hand-tinted original still in its folder, labeled "Artograph, Hand colored in oil, Kiser Studio, Portland, Oregon." Learn More
  18. Mitchell's Point from the Washington Side - Kiser

    Mitchell's Point from the Washington Side - c. 1916

    An unusual view of Mitchell's point, looking at it from a distance rather than the classic photos taken from inside the "windowed" tunnel. Learn More
  19. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway- Weister

    Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1918

    Here we get to see both the automobile bridge and the pedestrian bridge at Multnomah Falls, restored and reprinted from a hand-colored print by George M. Weister. Learn More
  20. Multnomah Creek Bridge, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Multnomah Creek Bridge, Columbia River Highway - c. 1915

    This photo was taken shortly after the car bridge below Multnomah Falls was completed in 1914. The roadway itself was yet to be paved. Learn More
  21. Multnomah Falls with No Bridge - Weister

    Multnomah Falls with No Bridge - c. 1913

    This image of Multnomah Falls is from a glass negative by George Weister, created shortly before the concrete bridge was built in 1914. Learn More
  22. New Bridges at Multnomah Falls - Benjamin A. Gifford

    New Bridges at Multnomah Falls - circa 1916

    This is an especially nice version of a classic view of Multnomah Falls, taken shortly after both the automobile bridge and pedestrian bridge were completed. Learn More
  23. New Multnomah Falls Bridge with Harley-Davidson - Cross & Dimmitt

    New Multnomah Falls Bridge with Harley-Davidson - c. 1917

    This photo was taken shortly after the new concrete Multnomah Falls bridge opened in 1914, and not that long after the Harley-Davidson V-twin motorcycle was introduced in 1909. Learn More
  24. New York Tourists at Multnomah Falls - George M. Weister

    New York Tourists at Multnomah Falls - 1916

    Portland lumberman John Yeon (second from right) hosts the party of Mrs. French Vanderbilt, visiting from New York. Learn More
  25. New York Tourists on the Columbia River Highway - Weister

    New York Tourists on the Columbia River Highway - 1916

    Portland citizen John Yeon is driving the first car (an air-cooled Franklin) with his passenger Mrs. French Vanderbilt. Some of her relatives and friends join the party. Learn More
  26. Overlooking Celilo Falls, with New Bridge - Patterson

    Overlooking Celilo Falls, with New Bridge - c. 1912

    This view of Celilo Falls looking upstream shows the recently completed Columbia River Railroad Bridge in the background. Finished in 1912, it replaced an earlier ferry service. Learn More
  27. Rooster Rock and Vista House, Columbia Gorge - Winter

    Rooster Rock and Vista House, Columbia Gorge - c. 1917

    This wonderfully hand-tinted photograph was probably done by master colorist Frederick Luetters, who worked with both Fred Kiser and Clarence Winter. Learn More
  28. Salmon Cannery at Rooster Rock - Weister

    Salmon Cannery at Rooster Rock - c. 1910

    The Rooster Rock Cannery once existed on the west side of Rooster Rock in the small bay between Tunnel Point and Rooster Rock. Learn More
  29. Shepperd's Dell Bridge, Columbia River Highway

    Shepperd's Dell Bridge, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    This highly detailed view of the bridge was printed in a large size by Benjamin Gifford shortly after the bridge was completed in 1914. The roadway is still gravel, so I'm dating it to 1916. Learn More
  30. Shepperd's Dell Bridge, Looking Towards the River - Kiser

    Shepperd's Dell Bridge, Looking Towards the River - c. 1916

    In 1915, photographer Fred Kiser sold his Portland studio to his partner Clarence L. Winter so he could concentrate on creating a series of promotional photos for the new Columbia River Highway. Learn More
  31. Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway - Weister

    Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway - c. 1918

    Shepperd's Dell Bridge spans Young Creek near the west end of the historic highway. Its solid wall above the arch was later imitated by some of Conde McCullough's bridges. Learn More
  32. Sunset, Pillars of Hercules - Kiser

    Sunset, Pillars of Hercules - c 1916

    This scenic view shows the Pillars, also called "The Needles", shortly after the railroad tracks were moved from between them in 1913. Learn More
  33. Tooth Rock, Columbia River Highway - Weister

    Tooth Rock, Columbia River Highway - c. 1918

    The Tooth Rock Viaduct was devised as a way to traverse a cliff, instead of blasting through the unstable rock. This view shows it shortly after it was completed, with the Columbia River to the right. Learn More
  34. Tourists Near Bridal Veil, Columbia Gorge Highway

    Tourists Near Bridal Veil, Columbia Gorge Highway - 1917

    A group of tourists have crowded into an early excursion vehicle for a trip up the new Columbia River Highway in 1917. Learn More
  35. Trestle and Houses at the Mouth of Eagle Creek - George M. Weister

    Trestle and Houses at the Mouth of Eagle Creek - c. 1916

    Eagle Creek empties into the Columbia just above the current Bonneville Dam, so the look of its mouth would change dramatically twenty years after this photo was taken. Learn More
  36. 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
  37. Upper Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge - George M. Weister

    Upper Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge - circa 1915

    From the parking lot and trailhead at Wahkeena on the Columbia River Historic Highway you can see the lower falls, which are a series of small cascades that pass under Highway 30. Learn More
  38. Vista House at Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - George Weister

    Vista House at Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - c. 1918

    This striking photo of Vista House and the Columbia Gorge in the distance was taken shortly after Vista House was completed, in 1918. Learn More
  39. Vista House at Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - Weister

    Vista House at Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - c. 1918

    From a group of hand-colored larger prints from George Weister we recently acquired, this view shows the newly completed Vista House, with the Columbia River Gorge behind it. Learn More
  40. Vista House, Nearing Completion - Weister

    Vista House, Nearing Completion - 1918

    This detailed view of the almost finished Vista House and the Columbia Gorge is from an original glass negative taken by George Weister, who was known for his scenic photography. Learn More

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