Looking Over Skamokawa Towards the Columbia - c. 1914


Looking Over Skamokawa Towards the Columbia

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This view of Skamokawa, on the Washington side of the lower Columbia, shows us the residents were quite aware of variations in water levels. Many homes and even wooden sidewalks were elevated to deal with periodic flooding. For many years the town of Skamokawa was accessible only by the river, and was visited daily by steamboats running between Portland and Astoria. The community had an active life as a lumber and trading center. At about the time the state highway finally reached Skamokawa in 1930, river traffic was dying. A number of early buildings still survive, including the historic steamboat landing site, which has been restored. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0469
Photographer Unknown
Location Columbia River, Washington State
Subject Town Views
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.4 x 4.6 inches
Photographer's Number No