Willis W. Vail - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Along East Shore of Wizard Island, in Crater Lake - Vail

    Along East Shore of Wizard Island, in Crater Lake - 1905

    A self-portrait of photographer Willis Vail and his sister Evangeline, docked at Wizard Island. You can see the string he's using to trip the shutter. Learn More
  2. Entrance to Ole's Lava Cave, Mt. St. Helens - Willis W. Vail

    Entrance to Ole's Lava Cave, Mt. St. Helens - 1905

    Ole's Cave is the second longest lava cave in the Mt. St. Helens area, second only to the better known Ape Cave. It was discovered in 1894 by Ole Peterson, who farmed in the area. Learn More
  3. Indian Carvings on Rocks Near Big Slough - Vail

    Indian Carvings on Rocks Near Big Slough - 1905

    This photo was taken in what we now know as Petroglyph Canyon, located in south central Washington State near Columbia Hills State Park. Learn More
  4. Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - Vail

    Indian Village at The Dalles, Washington Side - 1905

    This rare, and detailed, early view of a village on the Washington side of The Dalles is printed from an original glass negative created by amateur photographer Willis Vail. Learn More
  5. Lake Merrill, Near Mt. St. Helens - Vail

    Lake Merrill, Near Mt. St. Helens - 1905

    Lake Merrill is now known as a regional fly-fishing lake, with limited campsites managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Learn More
  6. Llao Rock and Devil's Backbone from North of Wizard Island - Vail

    Llao Rock and Devil's Backbone from North of Wizard Island - 1905

    This striking view was taken just above water level by railroad worker Willis Vail, who must have reached his vantage point by boat. Learn More
  7. Lyle, Washington, from Point over Tunnel - Willis W. Vail

    Lyle, Washington, from Point over Tunnel - 1906

    Part of James J. Hill's Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, completed in 1908 from Spokane to Portland, this view shows the two-track trestle entering the town of Lyle from the east. Learn More
  8. The Sinking of the Dalles City at Curtis Landing - Vail

    The Sinking of the Dalles City at Curtis Landing - 1906

    This photo of the partially submerged "Dalles City" was taken on February 8, 1906, the day the sternwheeler hit a rock in the Columbia River and sank. Learn More
  9. Twohy Bros. Railroad Camp 3/4 Mile Above Lyle, Washington - Willis W. Vail

    Twohy Bros. Railroad Camp 3/4 Mile Above Lyle, Washington - 1906

    This is Camp Number 1 for Twohy Brothers Railroad Contractors, who were building this section of the Portland and Seattle Railway, which had been incorporated in 1905. Learn More

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