I see that smoke stack and can't get a good blow up view of it, but it looks like a ship in the boat canal.
Certain gives a wonderful view of what those rapids looked like there.
It would be interesting to learn what that one story building on the right is. Looks pretty impressive with quite a bit of land around it. Nice sized little town even at that early time.
Charlott on 9th July 2015 @ 7:04am
Thanks Charlott for identifying the smoke. I couldn't figure it out.
It is a steam ship in the Locks isn't it?
The flood of 1894 totally changed the north bank. I can't tell if that is a completed railroad on the north bank or just a grade.
This is what Columbia River Images says about this area.
"The Cascades Portage Railroad covered six miles from the Lower Landing on Hamilton Island to the Upper Landing just downstream from Stevenson, Washington, near Ashes Lake. The first steam engine (named "Ann") began operating on the tracks on April 20, 1863. The Oregon Steam Navigation Company...... operated the railway until 1907, until competition from the Cascade Canal and Locks, and the Transcontinental Railroad on the Oregon shore, made the railway obsolete. Part of the tracks were then used by Frank Warren for his cannery tramway....."
"In a driving rain on March 11, 1908, delighted locals joined dignitaries....at Sheridan's Point to celebrate completion of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway between Pasco and Vancouver." ..."
What impresses me about this photo is that it isn't raining.
L.E. on 9th July 2015 @ 7:57am
Appears to be one of the three lock tenders houses in upper right hand corner, possibly the one now occupied by the museum.
Kenn on 9th July 2015 @ 12:33pm
This has to be after 1908 as the present SP&S RR grade shows as fresh fill. The portage road had no similar long fill, no capability to move that much rock, and did not go east beyond Ice Lake.
Kenn on 9th July 2015 @ 12:49pm
There's a lot going on now in Cascade Locks-- if you haven't been there recently you'll be surprised! If you're interested in local history check out the Cascade Locks History Museum, down by the locks (under the railroad and head left). They're open May through September 12:00pm - 5:00pm, closed Mondays.
Arthur on 9th July 2015 @ 12:54pm
Anyone have a feel for where in the picture today's Hwy 30 would have run?
Longshot on 9th July 2015 @ 1:05pm
Noticed someone standing on the walkway around the large building.
Judy on 9th July 2015 @ 8:16pm
Judy, you are suppose to say, "I spy...."
Looking back through previous Cascade Locks photos, I can't find any matching buildings such as the Train Station and the Construction Housing. Maybe they are further east?
Longshot.....I read that the Bonneville pool flooded the locks but the town did not lose any ground. Perhaps Highway 30 is in the same place as the road in this photo.
L.E. on 10th July 2015 @ 7:27am
LE, the train station was east of all three of the lock tender houses, one of which shows here and I believe is the one now occupied by the museum. Heading into the park underpass the station location you just passed, the house track remains.
Kenn on 10th July 2015 @ 5:51pm
I will remember that! I SPY! Isn't it nice to look at these wonderful pictures that have been scanned for our enjoyment!
judy on 12th July 2015 @ 10:47am
The steamboat Bailey Gatzert is in the locks in this photo, waiting to head upriver
Mike on 5th August 2015 @ 12:33am