When the Columbia ran free it could carry ice all the way from British Columbia to the Dalles, where it would jam in the narrow stretch of the river. Now the dams filter the river very effectively, collecting all the escaped windsurfing and kiting equipment.
Looks like breakup on the Yukon every year. And thank God for Bonneville Dam. We don't want all the escaped windsurfing equipment coming down here. LOL.
Buzz on 22nd October 2018 @ 8:18am
This photo is featured in this article about The Dalles winters.
The article says it is believed the photos of river ice were from the 1930’s.
Benjamin Gifford lived in The Dalles 1897-1910. (Dates vary on arrival)
He returned to Portland and in 1919 turned the business over to his son. He died in 1936.
L.E. on 22nd October 2018 @ 8:29am
I agree. Buzz. We don’t want all that wind surfing equipment produced by oil coming down the river to the ocean.
L.E. on 22nd October 2018 @ 8:31am
No ice skating today!
Dale Nicol on 22nd October 2018 @ 8:56am
This photograph is from a 1912 folio of Gifford's work.
Arthur on 22nd October 2018 @ 9:40am
I have a photo of family on the lower Columbia, dragging a big sled loaded with cream cans across rough jagged ice. They couldn’t ship their dairy produce by boat and had to try and get the milk to the creamery.
L.E. on 22nd October 2018 @ 10:16am
Wonder how noisy this would have been?
Longshot on 22nd October 2018 @ 4:35pm
I would have been tempted to caption this picture: "When hell freezes over...". It would have been something to see this in person.
kmb on 22nd October 2018 @ 6:23pm
I remember seeing such on the Colorado many decades back. It was held by a dam and not a narrow spot in the river though.
Longshot on 22nd October 2018 @ 7:36pm