Columbia Gorge - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Wind Mountain from Columbia River Highway - Darius Kinsey

    Wind Mountain from Columbia River Highway - 1923

    This image was captured by photographer Darius Kinsey, best known for his logging photos from Washington state. Learn More
  2. Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Highway - Cross and Dimmitt

    Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1920

    This image is reproduced from a larger hand-tinted framed photo created by Cross & Dimmitt shortly after the completion of the Columbia Gorge Highway. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. Vista House, Columbia River Highway - Eddy

    Vista House, Columbia River Highway - 1927

    This great early view of Vista House was one of Ralph Eddy's best-selling early postcards. We've restored it as a larger crop beginning with the original negative. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Upper Cape Horn, Near Celilo - 1867

    Upper Cape Horn, Near Celilo - 1867

    A great view by Watkins of the upper portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, and the bluffs of Upper Cape Horn. Learn More
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Two Cultures at Celilo Falls - Culver Pictures

    Two Cultures at Celilo Falls - c. 1895

    Several Native American men and their dog quietly observe their traditional fishing site and the large fish wheel above it, as a worker looks back at them from its deck. Learn More
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Tourists on Timber Bridge, Multnomah Falls - McAlpin

    Tourists on Timber Bridge, Multnomah Falls - c. 1890

    A group of twenty-six tourists demonstrate their faith in the strength of the reinforced timber bridge in this view published by McAlpin & Lamb in about 1890. Learn More
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Tooth Bridge, Portage Railroad at the Cascades - Watkins

    Tooth Bridge, Portage Railroad at the Cascades - 1867

    Looking upstream along the Tooth Bridge at the 5-mile-long portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Cascades. Learn More
  23. The Tooth Bridge, O. R. R. at Cascades - Watkins

    The Tooth Bridge, O. R. R. at Cascades - 1867

    Looking upstream along the Tooth Bridge on the 5-mile-long portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Cascade Rapids. Learn More
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. The Middle Blockhouse at the Cascades - Watkins

    The Middle Blockhouse at the Cascades - 1867

    Officially known as "Fort Raines", the middle blockhouse was built in 1855 to protect the portage railroad around the Cascade Rapids. It was abandoned in 1857. Learn More
  28. The Gorge of the Columbia - Cross & Dimmitt

    The Gorge of the Columbia - c. 1921

    Colors from hand tinted photographs like this scene by Cross and Dimmitt often followed the palettes of contemporary landscape painters, who enjoyed adding interest to their skies and clouds. Learn More
  29. The Columbia River near Lyle - Kiser

    The Columbia River near Lyle - c. 1920

    This Fred Kiser photo looks upstream along the Columbia River, with the town of Lyle in the distance. The Chamberlain Lake Railroad Tunnel is on the left. Learn More
  30. 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
  31. The Canal of the Dalles - Prentiss

    The Canal of the Dalles - c. 1925

    This close-up view of the Canal of the Dalles demonstrates the ruggedness of the rock formations that channel the waters of the Columbia at this point. 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. 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
  34. 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
  35. Sternwheeler Dalles City - Herrin

    Sternwheeler Dalles City near the Cascades - 1890s

    The sternwheeler "Dalles City" labors to head upstream near the Cascades. Learn More
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. Rooster Rock and Vista House - Cross & Dimmitt

    Rooster Rock and Vista House - c. 1921

    Looking up the Columbia River in this hand-tinted photo, we can see Rooster Rock and its nearby cannery, Vista House, and the Gorge receding in the distance. Learn More
  47. Rooster Rock - Towne

    Rooster Rock - 1890s

    Rooster Rock's quiet bay and slender profile mark the western end of the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  48. 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
  49. Portage Railroad, Middle Blockhouse at Cascades - Watkins

    Portage Railroad and Middle Blockhouse at Cascades - 1867

    Looking downstream on the wooden tracks of the portage railroad on the Washington side of the Columbia Cascades. Learn More
  50. Pillars of Hercules, Columbia River - Hale

    Pillars of Hercules, Columbia River - 1899

    Photographer Herbert Hale offers us a different view of the Pillars of Hercules, also called the Needles, in the Columbia Gorge. Learn More

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