Must be a slow fishing day. Nice photo, but doesn't convey the sense of action and excitement that I remember from my visits there in the 50's.
Buzz on 29th April 2015 @ 7:17am
Only One leg in the cart - thus it must have been a good haul of fish back to dry land.
Steve r on 29th April 2015 @ 7:37am
I was a little girl back then, who loved to watch the fishermen....
I can see...I can hear....I can smell.....
I go twice a year to Maryhill and I have a favorite rock near where the falls were. I always stop there, sit on that rock and it all comes back to me as it was.
I have seen those little fish toting boxes, when the river was high, so loaded with salmon that they actually skimmed across the top of the water.
That big building over there where what was a foundation for a fish wheel is the service station-restaurant building I am pretty sure.
I have always been amazed at some of those rickity slick old platforms and how they ever withstood the weight of people and equipment.
Charlott on 29th April 2015 @ 7:44am
If Charlott can see, hear and smell, think how much the the Indians who lived in this area for centuries could see, hear and smell.
There is so much history here.
I am white, but have lived amongst Indians most of my life. My ideas, knowledge and opinions of their ways of life in this Mid Columbia area, are constantly changing.
Unlike photos, nothing is black and white when it comes to the history of the Columbia River.
In HHR photo #1054 taken by Archie McKeown. Archie's wife Martha wrote several books about the Celilo Indians and their way of life. Martha and Hood River's Arline Moore, understood the plight of the "river Indians who had never joined a confederated tribe. As time progressed, they were losing their ruling status of this fishing area to the recognized tribes, mainly the Yakama.
Familiar HR names such as Winans appear in U.S. court decisions that are still referred to today.
In the lawsuit U.S. ex. rel. Sam Williams v. Seufert Brothers, Sam Williams uses his claim of Yakama to fight for fishing rights. He was actually more Cowlitz Indian, married to a Warm Springs. He established the Shaker Church at The Dalles and later moved to HR.
The cable car system seen in this photo was established around 1930 by Seufert Brothers. The Indians that used it were required to sell their fish to Seufert Brothers.
A good 34 page online read of this area by Andrew Fisher "Tangled Nets".
Longshot mentioned this book on a previous page
L.E. on 29th April 2015 @ 9:27am
Wonderful compositioninf this photo. Would make a great painting with it's many layers and different activities and the process. I always check to see how many are 'tied in'.
nels on 29th April 2015 @ 12:48pm
Hoop and dip nets are hard work but probably a lot more productive than trying to spear a fish.
Have you seen the 1952 LIFE MAGAZINE photo of the little 8 year old boy that fell in and was scooped up in a net 70 feet downstream?
L.E. on 29th April 2015 @ 2:15pm
Kettle Falls was another large fishery loss. It was flooded behind Grand Coulee in 1940.
"Fishermen speared and netted up to 3,000 fish in a single day. “When fish were running, Kettle Falls was a place of excitement and festivity, drawing more than a thousand people annually,”
L.E. on 30th April 2015 @ 5:30pm
There have been numerous painting done of Celilo Falls. I am very fortunate to have one painted by a local Hood River artist. Treasure it, along with my memories....
Charlott on 13th August 2015 @ 8:57am