Who knew that those early solar panels where made of wood!
Dan on 24th June 2013 @ 7:22am
In the early days of railroad along the Columbia River, they would hire men to spray the sand with oil to try and keep it from drifting.
Sand drifts were a problem all along the Columbia. Even the west end.
And no, I don't know the locations. I would say east of The Dalles, because that hill in the background is pretty bare.
l.e. on 24th June 2013 @ 7:35am
Assume we're looking at Oregon shore, looking east, with Dan's solar panels for sand protection against west wind; background hills look like Larch mountain, but foreground looks too dry, would have to wonder 'bout east of The Dalles, Deschutes, Celilo, Biggs area? Notice the shack between the rock of the cut?
spinsur on 24th June 2013 @ 7:40am
Yes, I wondered about Larch.
Does that kind of rocks exist at both ends of The Gorge?
I suppose it could be in the area of The Pinnacles.
l.e. on 24th June 2013 @ 7:53am
Is that sand? The rock walls on the right look like they have icicles.
Dedilee on 24th June 2013 @ 9:22am
I think Dedilee may be right. Have seen those same structures along roads where snow can funnel onto the roadways and cause snowdrifts.
Buzz on 24th June 2013 @ 9:49am
I would guess "above Celilo". No sign of the rocks in which the Celilo Canal would be dug-into the following year. Most of the worst blowsand was located east of the Celilo Seine bars.
Nice photo Arthur. I'm excited to see 'n hear what Connie has to say tomorrow night about HR history at the library (6:30pm). See ya there!
Scott Cook on 24th June 2013 @ 10:45am
This looks to me like the area near Celilo Village, East of The Dalles. Interstate 84 has been pushed through there now, and it is highly altered. I believe this is just past Celilo Park as you are turning the corner toward the Deshutes River. The Freeway now cuts out into the Columbia there. Old 206 Celilo-Wasco Hwy. is probably this old road bed. If you go there today Old Moody Rd. cuts up and over at the back of this bluff. Old 206, known as the Celilo-Wasco Hwy, turns into Fulton Canyon Rd. at the Deshutes, and also is known as the Biggs Rufus Hwy. I believe that is the tip of Miller Island sticking out in the background.
All of that area had terrible sand problems clear up into the seventies, when they planted the sand dunes with grass. I saw some pretty nasty accidents there when I was a kid.
Although one time a state trooper, who must have been new to the area, thought he would back up on the dune to park and wait for speeders. When he went to take off after one, he buried his axle's in the sand instead. We drove by just as the tow truck was trying to pull him out. Did we ever laugh!!!
A lot has changed there since 1904. There is now a pot hole between the river and this cliff. The highway was built on huge amounts of fill.
Lesa on 24th June 2013 @ 12:05pm
It was a wonderful place to go play on the dunes with kids, and then load up But it was impossible for them to keep the sand off the freeway The very fine sand to bring home for the sand box. Just be on the lookout
on the lookout for snakes.
nels on 24th June 2013 @ 9:14pm
Notice the dip of the rock to the east, I think this is the west side of the Mosier syncline with Seven Mile Hill in the back ground. This area was probably changed in appearance quite a bit when the interstate went in.
Longshot on 25th June 2013 @ 5:01am
Arthur.....can you pinpoint the location? I hope you aren't just letting us make inaccurate guesses.
If not, it is another "where am I" photo that I will have to print off and pack around with me.
I traveled Washington Highway 14 yesterday. I don't think it is Larch. In order to get out into the river that far to see Larch, you have to get away from the rocks. There is a place east of Shell Mountain with a ridge in the background with a similar profile but the rocks don't fit.
Could be down by Columbus/Maryhill looking west but I don't think the railroad was on the Washington side by 1904.
l.e. on 25th June 2013 @ 7:17am
Sorry, I don't have a definitive location for this one. I suspect with the amount of blasting along the tracks in the last 110 years, it will be very hard to make a convincing ID.
Arthur on 25th June 2013 @ 8:25am
was it a combination of plantings and The Dalles dam pool that reduced/eliminated the blowing sand problem east of The Dalles? this picture certainly says that the railroad had a BIG problem.
Arlen Sheldrake on 25th June 2013 @ 7:41pm