Portage Railroad and Middle Blockhouse at Cascades - 1867


Portage Railroad, Middle Blockhouse at Cascades - Watkins

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Looking downstream on the wooden tracks of the portage railroad on the Washington side of the Columbia Cascades. Originally opened in 1851, the north bank portage railroad was the first railroad of any kind built in the Columbia Gorge. It initially consisted of one wagon pulled by a single mule. In detail view 2, you can see the Middle Blockhouse on the bluff above the small trestle.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA0155
Photographer Carleton Watkins
Location Columbia Gorge, Washington State
Subject Military, Rivers and Streams, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Stereoview Panel
Size of Original 3.1 x 3.1 inches
Photographer's Number Number 1263