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. Bonneville Dam, Columbia River - Eddy

    Bonneville Dam, Columbia River - 1939

    Ralph Eddy was fascinated with the interplay between built structures like bridges and dams, and the natural environment where they were placed. This view shows the Bonneville Dam shortly after it was completed in 1937. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Cape Horn, Columbia River - Near View - Davidson

    Cape Horn, Columbia River - Near View - 1870s

    This near view of Cape Horn shows several small waterfalls amid the pinnacles. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - Kinsey

    Crown Point, Columbia River Highway - c. 1920

    Photographer Clark Kinsey is best know for his logging photos, but he also had a great touch for scenic views of the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - Watkins

    Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - 1867

    Seen from the Washington side of the Columbia, a modest dwelling overlooks the head of the Dalles, where the river narrows on the far side heading downstream to the right. Learn More
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Ocean Steamer on the Columbia River - Eddy

    Ocean Steamer on the Columbia River - 1938

    Motorists stop along the Columbia River Highway to watch the "Charles L. Wheeler, Jr." passing upstream on the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam. This was not a typical sight; the Wheeler was the only ship of its size to travel this far up river. Learn More
  26. Overlooking Celilo Falls, with New Bridge - Patterson

    Overlooking Celilo Falls, with New Bridge - c. 1912

    This view of Celilo Falls looking upstream shows the recently completed Columbia River Railroad Bridge in the background. Finished in 1912, it replaced an earlier ferry service. Learn More
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Rooster Rock - Towne

    Rooster Rock - 1890s

    Rooster Rock's quiet bay and slender profile mark the western end of the Columbia Gorge. Learn More
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  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. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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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