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 at Multnomah Falls - Eddy

    Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls - 1923

    This is one of Ralph Eddy's earliest photos of the Columbia Gorge - a location where he would soon establish his postcard stand and build a career. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Evergreen Highway Looking West at Rock Shed Around Cape Horn - Ralph Eddy

    Evergreen Highway, Looking West at Rock Shed Around Cape Horn - c. 1930

    In 1927, thirty-seven tons of dynamite were used to clear the way for the Evergreen Highway to extend around the river side of Cape Horn in Washington. Unfortunately, the blast loosened much more rock than anticipated, and hundreds of feet of railroad as well as buildings and a farm were covered in the ensuing landslide. Learn More
  12. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Cross and Dimmitt

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1921

    This hand-tinted image is reproduced from a medium sized print sold by Cross & Dimmitt at Vista House during the 1920s and 1930s. Learn More
  13. Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Looking East - Cross & Dimmitt

    Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Looking East - c. 1921

    This view of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, on the old Columbia River Highway, is recreated from a hand-colored print by Cross & Dimmitt. Learn More
  14. Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Showing its 5 Windows - Cross & Dimmitt

    Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Showing its 5 Windows - c. 1921

    Mitchell's Point Tunnel was designed by Oregon highway engineer John Arthur Elliott, and was completed in 1915. Its five windows allowed travelers to view the Columbia River while passing through the tunnel. Learn More
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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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