The Needles, on the Columbia River - c. 1885


The Needles, on the Columbia River - Partridge

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This photo of the Needles, on the railroad line up the south side of the Columbia Gorge, was taken by William H. Partridge not long before he moved back to the East Coast. Detail view 1 shows the engine approaching us from the east, while detail view 2 gives us a better look at the tracks and the edge of the Columbia River close to the roadbed. These days the Needles still stand, but both the railroad and the new highway have been located to their left on fill in the river. You have to look quickly to see them as you pass by. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0634
Photographer William H. Partridge
Location Columbia Gorge, Multnomah County
Subject Rock Formations, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.2 x 7.3 inches
Photographer's Number Number 6227