The Needles, in the Columbia Gorge - c. 1900


The Needles, in the Columbia Gorge - Meiser

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The Needles, three miles upstream from Rooster Rock, are known today as the "Pillars of Hercules". They became a must-have view for early photographers beginning in the 1880s. Early photos like this show the train passing between the two pillars. Today the river side has been filled in, and both the Interstate and the railroad travel to the left of the main spire The two smaller rocks in the water now stand on dry land between the tracks and the highway. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0343
Photographer Jesse A. Meiser
Location Columbia Gorge, Multnomah County
Subject Rock Formations, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 5.3 x 6.9 inches
Photographer's Number No