Lower Deschutes River, Below Sixteen Canyon - circa 1915


Lower Deschutes River, Below Sixteen Canyon - George M. Weister

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We're looking upstream along the Deschutes River, at about mile 20 (20 miles above the Columbia). In this view from a hundred years ago, railroad grades can be seen on both sides of the river, remnants of the Deschutes Railroad War.

In fact, if you look close (see detail view 2) you can see a railroad steam engine on the tracks on the east side. These days, the railway still runs on the west side, but the tracks on the east have been abandoned and the grade functions as a pretty bumpy access trail. (Many decaying ties are still there.)

You can drive to Macks Canyon Campground and walk in to this location - about 3 or 4 miles.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1286
Photographer George M. Weister
Location Sherman County, Wasco County
Subject Canyons, Gorges and Valleys, Fishing, Rivers and Streams, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 6.2 x 8.2 inches
Photographer's Number Number 13559