Historic Photos of the Columbia River

Celilo Falls as it was in 1899. The falls are gone now.

The Columbia River Gorge in 1915.


Multnomah Falls

Click on the image for a much better and larger view of the falls from 1917.


Fort Vancouver and City of Vancouver, WA, USA





For a historic photo of a salmon taken off Astoria click here.

The Mouth of the Columbia

Remigton's Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark on the Columbia River by Remington, in Pioneers of the Nortwest, by Ogg and Skinner, Yale University Press, 1919. A memorial to Lewis and Clark is at the Fort Clatsop National Monument.

For some B/W photos, search the Salem Public Library for the Columbia River.


Except for the Celilo Falls, the Sternwheeler, and the fisherman, the black and white photos are from the History of the Pacific Northwest by Joseph Schafer, published in 1905.

The River today where it passes Longview, WA. Click on it to see a larger image.
Or here to see the Columbia with Mt. St. Helens in the background.
(Modern Columbia River photos by Roger J. Smith, ©1997.)

See also the Photo Album of the Columbia River Project.

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