Hercules Pillars, on the Columbia River - 1907


Hercules Pillars, on the Columbia River - Howard C. Tibbitts

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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. The Columbia River was high at the time, though the presence of wildflowers shows that this was not taken in the middle of winter.

Several years later, in 1913,  the area between the pillars and the river was filled, and the railroad tracks were moved to that side of the rock formation. Note in detail view 2 that the mills at Bridal Veil can be seen in the distance.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1260
Photographer Howard C. Tibbitts
Location Columbia Gorge, Multnomah County
Subject Rivers and Streams, Rock Formations, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 6.4 x 8.3 inches
Photographer's Number Number 9873