Columbia Gorge - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Blockhouse at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - Davidson

    Blockhouse at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Built in 1856, this blockhouse was only used for a few years but lasted for decades afterwards. The Cascades were a strategic military site during unrest between early settlers and the Native American inhabitants. Learn More
  2. 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
  3. Bridal Veil Falls - Savage

    Bridal Veil Falls - 1880s

    Bridal Veil Falls, the only falls below the historic Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. Learn More
  4. Bridal Veil, Snow Bound - Herrin

    Bridal Veil, Snow Bound - c. 1885

    The photographer's title apparently refers to the person in the cabin, rather than the train, which seems to be getting through heading up-river. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    Closeup of Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1880s

    This closeup view shows how the solidly built blockhouse still persisted thirty years after it was abandoned. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Grandpa & Grandma Munra at Bonneville Eating House - Haynes

    Grandpa & Grandma Munra at Bonneville Eating House - 1888

    Katherine and Selkirk Munra were known as Grandma and Grandpa Munra when they ran the Bonneville Eating House, along the tracks of the O R & N near the current site of the Bonneville Dam. Learn More
  11. Hallett's Hades, Midway Gibraltar Rock - Davidson

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

    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. Learn More
  12. Lake near Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    Lake near Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1880s

    One of several lakes located near the Old Blockhouse at the Upper Cascades, on the north bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  13. Latourelle Falls in the Winter - Davidson

    Latourelle Falls in the Winter - c. 1885

    Early photographers in Oregon were as fascinated as today's camera buffs by frozen waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  14. Latourelle Falls, near Rooster Rock - Davidson

    Latourelle Falls, near Rooster Rock - 1880s

    Latourelle Falls was often photographed, but each artist had his own approach. This view is all about sunlight. Learn More
  15. Multnomah Falls Before the Timber Bridge - Isaac G. Davidson

    Multnomah Falls Before the Timber Bridge - c. 1880

    Most photos of Multnomah Falls without a bridge were taken after the old timber bridge was removed but before construction of the current concrete bridge. Learn More
  16. Multnomah Falls Timber Bridge, before Reinforcements - Davidson

    Multnomah Falls Timber Bridge, before Reinforcements - c. 1883

    The first timber bridge at Multnomah Falls stands unoccupied in this view published by I. G. Davidson shortly after the bridge's completion, in about 1883. Learn More
  17. Multnomah Falls with Original Timber Bridge - Isaac G. Davidson

    Multnomah Falls with Original Timber Bridge - circa 1884

    By my count, we now have eleven images of Multnomah Falls with a timber bridge on the Old Oregon website, as well as three images with no bridge and six with the current concrete bridge, built in 1914. Learn More
  18. Multnomah Falls with the Original Timber Bridge - Abell

    Multnomah Falls with the Original Timber Bridge - c. 1885

    This 1880s view of Multnomah Falls shows the timber bow-string foot bridge before it was reinforced in 1891. Learn More
  19. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Haynes

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge (Vignette Version) - c. 1883

    In this view of Multnomah Falls, Haynes uses a vignette style, lightening the perimeter of the photo to accentuate the falls. Learn More
  20. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Carleton Watkins

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1883

    One of the first photos Carleton Watkins took during his return to Oregon in 1883 was this view of the then new timber bridge at Multnomah Falls. He numbered it "D3". Learn More
  21. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Haynes

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1883

    This image of the log bridge at Multnomah Falls was created about 1883, shortly after it was built. It's the same photo as our item AA0103, but without the vignette shading around the edges. Learn More
  22. Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - Crawford

    Multnomah Falls with Timber Bridge - c. 1886

    This view by Crawford was created shortly after the timber bridge was constructed - prompted by the arrival of the railroad to the Falls in 1883. Learn More
  23. Oneonta Gorge - Crawford

    Oneonta Gorge - c. 1885

    Oneonta Gorge, in the Columbia River Gorge, as captured by J. G. Crawford in the 1880s. Learn More
  24. Oneonta Gorge at High Water - Davidson

    Oneonta Gorge at Low Water - 1880s

    A half-mile walk up the creek (read "in the creek") from Oneonta Bridge you'll find this spectacular gorge. Learn More
  25. Rooster Rock, from O. R. & N. - Isaac G. Davidson

    Rooster Rock, from O. R. & N. Railroad - 1880s

    When the railroad was completed from Portland to the Dalles in 1882, it gave photographers easier access to scenes like this. Learn More
  26. Rooster Rock, On the Line of the O. R. & N. Co. - Hazeltine

    Rooster Rock, On the Line of the O. R. & N. Co. - 1880s

    Though based in Baker City, Hazeltine took many photos of the Columbia Gorge, including this view of Rooster Rock, as part of his series "On the Line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company". Learn More
  27. Rooster Rock, View from the River - Davidson

    Rooster Rock, View from the Columbia River - 1880s

    This view of Rooster Rock from the Columbia River side shows choppy water in the foreground and towering bluffs in the background. Learn More
  28. Steamer Hassalo Going Over the Cascades of the Columbia - Hutchins

    Steamer Hassalo Going Over the Cascades of the Columbia - 1888

    This was quite the famous photo in its day. That day was May 26, 1888 when the Hassalo was taken down the Cascades of the Columbia, making the 6 mile trip in 7 minutes. Learn More
  29. Stuck in the Snow, Winter of 1884 - Partridge

    Stuck in the Snow, Winter of 1884

    A rescue train attempts to get through snow drifts below the Dalles, during the blizzard of December, 1884. Learn More
  30. The Needles, on the Columbia River - Partridge

    The Needles, on the Columbia River - c. 1885

    This photo of the Needles, on the railroad line up the south side of the Columbia Gorge, was taken by William H. Partridge not long before he moved back to the East Coast. Learn More
  31. The Old Blockhouse at the Cascades - Hazeltine

    The Old Blockhouse at The Cascades - 1880s

    The Old Blockhouse, across the Columbia River from Cascade Locks. Learn More
  32. Tumwater (Celilo) Falls - Crawford

    Tumwater (Celilo) Falls, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Tumwater Falls, the traditional name of the main part of Celilo Falls, on the Columbia River. Learn More
  33. Tunnel No. 3, East Side - Crawford

    Tunnel No. 3, East Side - c. 1885

    An early three-wheel handcar emerges from the east end of Tunnel No. 3, below Rooster Rock on the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  34. Upper Cape Horn, at Celilo - Crawford

    Upper Cape Horn, at Celilo - c. 1886

    By placing two small figures on the tracks, photographer Crawford adds some human interest and a sense of scale to this photo of railroad tracks rounding Upper Cape Horn, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River near Celilo Falls. Learn More
  35. Upper Cape Horn, O. R. & N. - Davidson

    Upper Cape Horn, O. R. & N. - c. 1880

    Sun and shadows add to the drama of this view of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company's tracks, as they pass one of many named rock formations in the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  36. View of Columbia River from Blockhouse at Upper Cascades - Davidson

    View of Columbia River from Blockhouse at Upper Cascades - c. 1885

    A companion photo to Davidson's "Blockhouse at Upper Cascades", this view looks down the Columbia from the blockhouse located on a small hill. Learn More
  37. Villard Gold Spike Expedition - Haynes

    Villard Gold Spike Excursion at Multnomah Falls - 1883

    The Villard "Gold Spike" Expedition gathers at Multnomah Falls, 1883. Learn More

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