An Elaborate Fishing Platform at Celilo Falls - circa 1942


An Elaborate Fishing Platform at Celilo Falls c 1942

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This World War II era photo shows that while fishing platform footings and men's clothing had changed, the basic technology and fishing techniques at Celilo had stayed pretty much the same.

If it catches fish, use it. Detail view 1 gives us a good look at the traditional nets used to pull salmon from the river. Detail 2 shows a concrete footing for one part of the platform.

Fifteen years later the tradition of fishing at the Falls essentially disappeared, when they were flooded by the building of The Dalles Dam.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1335
Photographer Unknown
Location Celilo Falls, Columbia Gorge, Wasco County, Washington State
Subject Fishing, Waterfalls
Decade 1940s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 6.5 x 8.3 inches
Photographer's Number No