Fish Wheel on Columbia River - 1905


Fish Wheel on the Columbia River - White

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According to the original caption, this fish wheel near The Dalles would "take out half a ton of salmon daily". Introduced in the U.S. in North Carolina by 1829, fish wheels were in use on the Columbia River by the late 1870s. Consisting of two large baskets that turn on an axle, fish wheels are rotated by the current and scoop up passing fish as they turn. Captured fish slide down a chute into a holding box that is emptied several times a day. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0151
Photographer H. C. White Company
Location Columbia Gorge, Wasco County
Subject Fishing, Rivers and Streams
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Stereoview Panel
Size of Original 3.0 x 3.2 inches
Photographer's Number Number 12513