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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Bishops Cap, Oregon"
Includes ... Bishops Cap ... Shepperds Dell ... Historic Columbia River Highway ... The Golden Age of Postcards ...
Penny Postcard, Bishops Cap, Shepperds Dell, ca.1930
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Penny Postcard: Bishops Cap at Shepperd's Dell, ca.1930 Caption reads: "Bishop Cap at Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway, Oregon". Copyright Cross & Dimmitt. Angelus Commercial Studio, Portland, Oregon. Caption on back reads: "Probably no scenic Highway in America, except the 1600 mile long Oregon Coast Highway, offers such magnificent scenery in concentrated variety as that which borders the Columbia River highway in Oregon." In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image, 2013, Bishop's Cap, Historic Columbia River Highway, click to enlarge
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Bishop's Cap, Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken March 3, 2013.


Bishops Cap ...
Bishops Cap is the end of a basalt flow located on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Upstream is the historic Luscher Farm, Forest Hall, and Bridal Veil. Downstream is Shepperds Dell and the Latourell area.


Historic Columbia River Highway ...
Workers on the Columbia River Highway created a "half-tunnel" through the basalt to get around this feature.

[More Historic Columbia River Highway]
[HCRH Route]

  • HMP 27 ... Bishop's Cap

  • Bishop's Cap:   "Just beyond the [Shepperds Dell] bridge, Italian stonemasons constructed a retaining wall to hold the fill for the highway, which circumvented Bishop's Cap. The lower portion of the rock was carved away to form a "half-tunnel", which provided clearance needed for vehicular traffic." [Mershon, C.E., 2006, The Columbia River Highway]

Eagle Creek Fire, 2017 ...
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Image, 2017, HCRH, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), Bishops Cap. View from moving car headed east on the HCRH. Foreground burned trees were removed for safety. Image taken December 6, 2017.
Image, 2017, HCRH, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), east side of Bishops Cap (on right). View from moving car headed east on the HCRH. Image taken December 6, 2017.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards", with the "Penny Postcard" being a popular way to send greetings to family and friends. Today the Penny Postcard has become a snapshot of history.

Penny Postcard, Shepperds Dell Highway, ca.1920
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Penny Postcard: Shepperd's Dell Highway, Oregon, ca.1920. Penny Postcard, ca.1920, "Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway, Oregon". The view shows the Columbia River, the Shepperds Dell Bridge, and Bishops Cap (the basalt feature on the left). Published by Chas. S. Lipschuetz Co., Portland, Oregon. Card #305. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Shepperds Dell Bridge, cars, with Bishops Cap, ca.1920
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Penny Postcard: Shepperd's Dell Bridge, cars, with Bishops Cap, Oregon, ca.1920. Penny Postcard, ca.1920, "Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway, Oregon". Caption on back reads "Shepperd's Dell is one of the most picturesque spots along the highway. Eleven acres at this point was given to Portland by George Shepperd for a public park. This is a very interesting piece of construction, the 24 foot road having been cut out of solid rock. 'On Union Pacific System'." Published by Chas. S. Lipscheutz Company, Portland, Oregon. Card #324. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Bishops Cap, Shepperds Dell Highway, ca.1920
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Penny Postcard: Bishops Cap, Shepperd's Dell Highway, ca.1920 Penny Postcard, ca.1920, "Scene at Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway, Ore.". Sand Island and the Columbia River are in the background. Published by The Oregon News Co., Portland, Oregon. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Bishops Cap, Shepperds Dell, ca.1930
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Penny Postcard: Bishops Cap at Shepperd's Dell, ca.1930 Penny Postcard, ca.1930, "Bishop Cap at Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway, Oregon". Caption on back reads: "Probably no scenic Highway in America, except the 1600 mile long Oregon Coast Highway, offers such magnificent scenery in concentrated variety as that which borders the Columbia River highway in Oregon." Image Copyright Cross & Dimmitt. Published by Angelus Commercial Studio, Portland, Oregon. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    Mershon, C.E., 2006, The Columbia River Highway, From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon, Guardian Peaks Enterprises, Portland;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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