Here's a fine Gifford image of salmon fishing at the base of Willamette Falls.
Rarely see fishermen these days, more often sea lions and kayaks. The Museum of the Oregon Territory overlooking the falls is one of my volunteer locations ~
Kenn on 18th October 2018 @ 8:37am
Soon going back to nature with the removal of two paper mills ~
Kenn on 18th October 2018 @ 8:39am
Oldest power plant west of the Mississippi was built at this falls.
Kenn, do you know how much, if any of the falls was blasted away for the power plant or the paper mill?
L.E. on 18th October 2018 @ 8:41am
Oregon Field Guide did a report on Willamette Falls last year that was quite good: https://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/segment/oregon-willamette-falls-river-city-history-lamprey-salmon/
Native Americans still harvest lampreys there.
Kevin on 18th October 2018 @ 10:30am
The early power plant here combined with power produced in Portland allowed the first electric interurban RR in the US. The commonly used 600 V would carry about six miles, producing at each end the RR reached 12 miles to OC, Wish we still had it, it was a nice ride.
The 1873 locks here eliminated moving freight from upper river boats to those below the falls.
Kenn on 18th October 2018 @ 4:48pm
I grew up in West Linn and have paddled my kayak close to the falls, while fishing!
Kathie A. on 18th October 2018 @ 6:41pm