Columbia Gorge - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Approaching Mitchell's Point, Columbia River Highway - Clark Kinsey

    Approaching Mitchell's Point, Columbia River Highway - c. 1923

    Most people know Mitchell's Point as the location for the tunnel with windows, built for the historic Columbia Gorge Highway in 1915. Learn More
  2. Cars and Motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge

    Cars and Motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge - c. 1916

    An unknown photographer captured this scene of cars and motorcycles at Shepperd's Dell Bridge on the Columbia River Highway, shortly after the highway was opened in 1916. Learn More
  3. Columbia Gorge from Crown Point - Eddy

    Columbia Gorge from Crown Point - 1932

    Looking upstream in the Columbia Gorge, with the photographer standing near Vista House at Crown Point. The decorative wall and lamps are still there today. Learn More
  4. Columbia River Highway Under Tooth Rock - Eddy

    Columbia River Highway Under Tooth Rock - 1927

    We're looking upstream at Tooth Rock Viaduct, devised as a way to allow the new scenic highway to pass around the rock without destroying it by blasting. Learn More
  5. Crown Point and Vista House - Cross & Dimmitt

    Crown Point and Vista House - c. 1921

    Cross and Dimmitt made several hand-tinted versions of this photo. This is the water color version. 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. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Oneonta Gorge, as Seen from the Highway - Cross & Dimmitt

    Oneonta Gorge, as Seen from the Highway - c. 1921

    Cross and Dimmitt specialized in views of the Columbia Gorge, and many of their photos were hand-colored. Saturated colors add to the charm of this scene at Oneonta Gorge. Learn More
  15. Oneonta Tunnel, Columbia River Highway - Cross and Dimmitt

    Oneonta Tunnel, Columbia River Highway - circa 1921

    This photo of Oneonta Tunnel was taken and hand-tinted by Cross and Dimmitt, who sold both sepia-tone and hand-colored photographic prints at Vista House. Learn More
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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

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