This lower water photo explains to me, why the water is more turbulent along the south shore line.
Dale Nicol on 1st November 2016 @ 7:19am
Oh my goodness Arlen. Just for you!!
I bet when the cold east wind blew, that Island was a miserable place.
The River above the dams has lost the environment of sand bars, dunes, sloughs and seasonal flooding.
L.E. on 1st November 2016 @ 8:17am
Looks like you can see a rough road going along the shoreline, about where the highway would be. Must end right about inline with the island as it totally cliffs out there. Nice sandy beaches before the dams came!
I spy a locomotive in the distance too!
Andrew B on 1st November 2016 @ 10:56am
I'd sure like to know why it got that name!
Jill Stanford on 1st November 2016 @ 1:10pm
The island's common name comes from Charles Reither, who lived there for many years. A previous residents kept chickens there-- you'll see a 1900 photo with chicken coops in a few months. Not clear if Charlie kept chickens too, but "Chicken Charlie" sounded better than "Eighteen Mile" so the name stuck.
Arthur on 1st November 2016 @ 1:17pm
and yes, there was a river level road along the Columbia between Hood River and Mosier that was used when the river level allowed. I imagine it took longer to go up and over.
Arthur on 1st November 2016 @ 1:21pm
Nice place until Charlie was surprised to find the water higher than the corps had told him it would be.
Kenn on 1st November 2016 @ 2:46pm
so that explains why Sam Hill built the Historic Columbia River Highway so high up, to keep it away from seasonal flooding.
cathleen on 1st November 2016 @ 6:41pm
What I find interesting about this particular photo is as I have driven past umpteen times I have wondered about how much more of the little island where I think the channel marker/beacon is located there was.
Sam Hill did not actually build the highway, but was a promoter of it. He along with Lancaster did come up with the idea. In 1913 he did convince the Oregon Legislature to build it.
charlott on 2nd November 2016 @ 7:13am
I suppose its the perfect place to raise chickens, you wouldnt need coups or a fence
Coyote Cooper on 2nd November 2016 @ 9:26am
Jill Stanford on 2nd November 2016 @ 7:15pm