Fish Wheel at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1885


Fish Wheel at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - McAlpin

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Fish wheels, water-powered mechanisms that "mined" salmon, were active on the Columbia River from 1879 through 1934. Many of the larger ones were fixed in position and owned by canneries. Others were built on barges like the one in this image, and could be towed or poled from place to place. This photo was captured by Arthur McAlpin in about 1885, at the time the salmon catch along the Columbia was near its peak.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1007
Photographer Arthur B. McAlpin
Location Columbia Gorge, Hood River County
Subject Fishing, Rivers and Streams, Ships and Boats
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 5.6 x 8.6 inches
Photographer's Number Number 76