Columbia Gorge - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Celilo Falls on the Columbia - Gifford

    Celilo Falls on the Columbia - 1900

    This view of three men looking over Celilo Falls is one of Benjamin Gifford's better-known photos, and rightly so. Learn More
  5. Engine 132 Passing Through The Needles

    Engine 132 Passing Through The Needles - c. 1900

    A steam engine on the line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company (O R & N) passes between the two spires of The Needles on its way up the Columbia River. Learn More
  6. Fish Wheel near the Lower Cascades - Harnish

    Fish Wheel near the Lower Cascades - 1900s

    A detailed view of an elaborate fixed fish wheel on the bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. Hercules Pillars, on the Columbia River - Howard C. Tibbitts

    Hercules Pillars, on the Columbia River - 1907

    This detailed photo of Hercules Pillars, also called The Needles, was created as a glass negative by Howard C. Tibbitts, photographer for Union Pacific and their Sunset magazine. Learn More
  9. Hoisting Logs from Pond to Mill at Palmer - White

    Hoisting Logs from Pond to Mill at Palmer - 1905

    At the Palmer Mill uphill from Bridal Veil, logs from the pond were hoisted by a power conveyor to the second floor to be rough-cut into timbers as their first step towards becoming finished lumber. Learn More
  10. Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - Vail

    Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - 1905

    This rare, and detailed, early view of a village on the Washington side of The Dalles is printed from an original glass negative created by amateur photographer Willis Vail. Learn More
  11. Latourelle Falls - Meiser

    Latourelle Falls - c. 1900

    Photographer Jesse Meiser steps back a little further from the falls than most, and in the process creates a botanical frame for the cascading water. Learn More
  12. 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
  13. Looking North over the Town of Cascade Locks

    Looking North over the Town of Cascade Locks - c. 1900

    This highly-detailed turn-of-the-last-century photo shows a residential area of Cascade Locks, the locks, and the river and hills to the north. Learn More
  14. Multnomah Falls with no Footbridge - Meiser

    Multnomah Falls with no Footbridge - c. 1900

    This highly detailed view of Multnomah Falls is restored and printed from an original glass negative created by photographer Jesse Meiser. Learn More
  15. Multnomah Falls, Without a Footbridge - Ford

    Multnomah Falls, Without a Footbridge - c. 1905

    This photo was taken between the time of the timber footbridge, in place from about 1883 to 1899, and the building of the current concrete bridge in 1914. Learn More
  16. Overhanging Rock near Oneonta, Columbia River Gorge - Howard C. Tibbitts

    Overhanging Rock near Oneonta, Columbia River Gorge - 1907

    The overhanging rock next to the railroad was once thought to resemble a profile of George Washington. We can't see it this close up, as we are only looking at the lower part of his nose. Learn More
  17. Palmer to Bridal Veil Lumber Flume - White

    Palmer to Bridal Veil Lumber Flume - 1904

    If you have both water and gravity, a flume is an ideal way to move logs or lumber from the top to the bottom of a hill. Learn More
  18. Railway Under Construction near Castle Rock

    Railway Under Construction near Castle Rock - c. 1905

    While the work crew's steam engine looks like something from the 1870s, we suspect this view is from the early 1900s, when railway lines were being extended along the north bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  19. Rooster Rock from the Bluffs - Meiser

    Rooster Rock from the Bluffs - c. 1900

    Most early views of Rooster Rock are from the river side. This glass negative by Jesse Meiser captures the view from the bluffs. Learn More
  20. Sternwheeler Passing Cape Horn on the Columbia - Meiser

    Sternwheeler Passing Cape Horn on the Columbia - c. 1900

    An unidentified steamship passes Cape Horn, on the Washington side of the Columbia, on its way downstream. Learn More
  21. The Cascades of the Columbia River - Detroit Photographic Co.

    The Cascades of the Columbia River - 1901

    A sternwheeler exits the newly completed locks on its way downstream. Learn More
  22. The Needles, in the Columbia Gorge - Meiser

    The Needles, in the Columbia Gorge - c. 1900

    The Needles, three miles upstream from Rooster Rock, are known today as the "Pillars of Hercules". They became a must-have view for early photographers beginning in the 1880s. Learn More
  23. Two Ways to Move Logs by Raiload - White

    Two Ways to Move Logs by Raiload - 1904

    This view demonstrates large logs can be pushed ahead of a steam engine, or pulled behind while loaded on flatcars. Learn More

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