Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - 1910


Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - Velarde

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The Dalles-Celilo canal, over eight miles long, begins about three miles upriver from The Dalles. Its construction lasted from 1905 through 1915. It replaced a 13-mile long portage railway owned by the Oregon Steam Navigation Company. Both were created to take freight and passengers around Celilo Falls, which were a barrier to navigation on that part of the Columbia River. In this photo we are looking upriver at about the middle of the canal.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1063
Photographer Paul Velarde
Location Celilo Falls, Columbia Gorge, Wasco County
Subject Construction, Locks, Water and Power Projects, Waterfalls
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 5.0 x 7.0 inches
Photographer's Number No