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Historic Columbia River Highway: Stone Mason’s Beauty

Beyond the Columbia River and the eye-catching majesty or the ‘Gorge’ rock formations, is the Historic Columbia River Highway. It parallels Interstate 84. It was hugely innovative in its day and one of my most enjoyable observations along that old highway is the stonework by Italian stone masons that is still quite evident today. 

stonework arch swittersbThe WyEast Blog provides a very informative review on the stone construction of the Scenic Highway entitled Stone Walls of the Columbia River Highway. One thing you don’t see as much is the vertical stacking of rocks in the construction.

vert stone fernsIf you have a historical bent for the history of road construction up the Gorge and how it influenced American road construction then you need to look at the site Historic Columbia River Highway for lots of history.


Photography: Spanning the Willamette River

I went down to the South end of town yesterday to take a look at the light rail bridge under construction. I took a few more photographs of the Marquam Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge. The Willamette River runs through the Portland, Oregon/Metro area. It is spanned by twelve bridges (Oregon City to North Portland.

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The Portland-Milwaukie (PMLR) Bridge under construction. Ross Island Br. in distance. (Nov. 2013)

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The old Hawthorne Bridge with a center span lift capacity.

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The PMLR Bridge construction site is lit up at night. I want to explore walking out on to the Ross Island Bridge, at night, and see if I can capture a decent shot. I would try the Marquam Bridge, but there is no pedestrian passage so if you are on foot up there you are usually a jumper.


History & Images: Portland’s Union Station……

“Union Station is a train station near the west shore of the Willamette River in the Old Town Chinatown section of Portland, Oregon, United States.
The initial design for the station was created in 1882 by McKim, Mead, and White. Had the original plan been built, the station would have been the largest train station in the world.”

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“A smaller plan was introduced by architects Van Brunt & Howe, and accepted in 1885. Construction of the station began in 1890. It was built by Northern Pacific Terminal Company at a cost of $300,000, and opened on February 14, 1896. The signature piece of the structure is the 150 ft. tall Romanesque clock tower. The “Go By Train” neon sign was added to it after World War II.
The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.” (Wiki)

Today, I was at Union Station picking up my wife, arriving back from Seattle. I took the camera in to take a few images. I usually don’t take random, everyday shots, but decided what the heck.

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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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