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Photography: Shakers, Indians & The Collapse……

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The original church was relocated to this location in the 1970’s. In the 90’s it collapsed into a pile in the foreground.

Lone Pine Tree Village set upon a rock bluff adjacent to the Columbia River. It was near the native’s fishing grounds.

indian_shaker_church“The church and village were built by Henry Gulick, a Scottish immigrant who settled in the area in the 1890s.

His wife Harriet, a local Wasco woman, was a member of the Indian Shaker movement.  

Though Henry was not religious, he built a small wooden church, which soon became one of the centers of Indian Shaker activity on the Columbia River.”

 (Frank Hunt Photography) Please visit Frank Hunt’s site for more  details re the Shaker religious movement amongst the native American tribes. Apparently there are still remnants of this today.

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Here, my wife locates the window and building where her photo had been taken 30 years earlier. Also, we were trying to stand out of the ripping wind and an approaching downpour.

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The bridge joins Oregon & Washington states. The original church was moved because of the bridge right of way and a motel construction. The building in this shot was the northern most structure still standing. SwittersB

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You can see by the aerial imagery that the landscape is harsh and rugged. The motel construction, bridge construction and parking lots clash with the historically rustic village. I am glad we got to explore this after so many years. It makes for those nice images of the old, weathered structure and tall grass.

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Above is the small, insert image of the Lone Pine Tree church as it stood in the 1950’s. That image was taken by Gladys Seufert, whose family owned the property the motel was constructed upon. It so happens Gladys & Francis Seufert took quite a few photos of old structures in Wasco County, Oregon.



Photography: Shady Front Porch & Imagination

This old farmhouse endures and the front porch has such character, wrapping around the house. One can imagine comfortable chairs to sit upon as one gazes out at the sky…only the fancy scroll cut millwork separates. The wear of time and many coats of paint are visible on the wood. Cob webs dance from point to point. 

The traditions of U.S. home styles (Euro origins) is interesting. Here is a listing of various styles of homes  (I don’t see the bungalow, ranch style or single/double wide trailer?! 😃) Sitting on a front porch in the shade, gazing out and daydreaming. Free of the have to’s, should’s, need to’s.

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Palm Springs Tramway: The Touristy, Fun Thing

Palm Springs Tramway: We have ridden up the tramway before and found it visually amazing. The elevation gain, rock formations, structural design combine in the 2.5 mile ride to amaze. Not the highest mountains, but the jagged, stratifications are always pleasing to me.

The 30 degree cooler temps at the top are reportedly why one man, Francis Crocker, carried on a long term effort to get the funds to complete the construction of the tramway.

A touristy thing to do, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photography: Gingerbread

Zimmerman House, Built 1874. Gingerbread added late 1890’s.

Zimmerman’s In Front of House circa 1900. Gingerbread added to facade. Wilkes Historical Society 

Always drawn to pioneer history and the transitions to modern times. This farm house is a mile away from my house and unique for the area. It has an avid following of preservationists and storytellers. This all ties together the farming communities of East Portland that have all but disappeared.  


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Photography: Log Cabin & History Too

This past week, I came upon a log cabin that appeared to be in the process of being assembled. This was not a kit and there was going to be a definite need for chinking. This was someone’s project. Ongoing or abandoned in the process, I don’t know. But, I loved looking at the interior and envisioning someone living within the confines of those log walls. Save for the metal roof, the construction looked quite rustic and old. My photos don’t do it justice. Log Cabins have quite a history. 

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