Multnomah Falls with Original Timber Bridge - circa 1884


Multnomah Falls with Original Timber Bridge - Isaac G. Davidson

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By my count, we now have eleven images of Multnomah Falls with a timber bridge on the Old Oregon website, as well as three images with no bridge and six with the current concrete bridge, built in 1914.

Each photo provides a slightly different view. This version, by Isaac G. Davidson, shows the "original" bridge, before it was reinforced. Built no later than 1883, its construction was likely scheduled to be ready for the opening festivities for the northern route of the transcontinental railroad that year.

While the concrete bridge is now an icon, the timber bridge, built with local materials, was somehow more appropriate for the legends of the falls, which were passed down for countless generations by the original inhabitants of this area.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA1304
Photographer Isaac G. Davidson
Location Columbia Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Multnomah County
Subject Bridges and Trestles, Waterfalls
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.9 x 7.8inches
Photographer's Number Number 49