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"Blurock Landing, Washington"
Includes ... Blurock Landing ... Mount Jefferson ... Mount Hood ... Mount St. Helens ... Mount Adams ... Mount Rainier ...
Image, Willamette River, Oregon
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Mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon, as seen from Blurock Landing, Washington. Kelley Point is treed area on the on the left and Sauvie Island's Belle Vue Point is treed area on the right. Drainage in foreground is Vancouver Lake's flushing channel. Image taken July 1, 2009.


Blurock Landing ...
Blurock Landing is located on the Washington State side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 100.5. One mile downstream is Hewlett Point and Vancouver's Frenchman's Bar Park, and one mile upstream is Mathews Point, the location of Lieutenant Broughton's "Parting Point". Blurock Landing is located at the mouth of Vancouver Lake's flushing channel. Vancouver Lake lies to the east. Across the Columbia River on the Oregon side is Kelley Point and Kelley Point Park, the mouth of the Willamette River, and Sauvie Island's "Belle Vue Point".

Early Blurock Landing ...
An 1863 cadastral survey (tax survey) for T2N R1W has William S. Hatten having Claim No.39 for 108.5 acres, and Claim No.46 for 135.19 acres of T2N R1E. T2N R1E borders borders Vancouver Lake.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2007) shows William S. Hatten and Sarah Hatten being granted title to 246.69 acres of T2N R1E Sections 6, 7, and 12, on September 20, 1867 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).

The Blurock family arrived in the Vancouver area around 1876, and were prosperous in the community.

An 1888 plat map for Clark County, Washington, shows "J. Blurock" owning property near Ryan Point, west of the property of "W. Ryan Jr.". This is miles east of today's Blurock Landing.

The 1896 Portland 1:62,500 topographic map has Blurock's Landing labeled "Bluerocks Landing".

An undated plat map for Clark County, Washington, presumed to be between 1915 and 1925, shows the property in the Blurock Landing area was owned by "Sarah Blurock". Sarah Blurock is also listed as owner of property bordering Vancouver Lake, today the site of Vancouver Lake Park. Comparing to the 1888 plat map of the area, the Sarah Blurock property was once part of the Donation Land Claim (DLC) of M.S. Hatten (W.S. Hatten), and included the northern part of the DLC of W. Hendrickson.



Views from Blurock Landing ...

Image, 2003, Kelley Point and mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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View from Bluerock Landing. Kelley Point (treed area middle left) and mouth of the Willamette River (to the right of Kelley Point), and point of Sauvie Island (treed area right, thought by some to be Broughton's "Belle Vue Point"). Image taken July 2, 2003.
Image, Sauvie Island, Oregon
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Sauvie Island, Oregon, as seen from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken July 1, 2009.
Image, Belle Vue Point, Sauvie Island, Oregon
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Belle Vue Point, Sauvie Island, Oregon, as seen from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken July 1, 2009.


Five Volcanoes from Blurock Landing
The mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon, is located across from Blurock Landing, Washington. On April 2, 1806, as Captain Clark began his journey to explore the Willamette he wrote:

"... from the enterance of this river, I can plainly See Mt. Jefferson which is high and Covered with snow S.E. Mt. Hood East, Mt St. Helians a high humped Mountain to the East of Mt St. Helians. I also Saw the Mt. Raneer Nearly North ..." [Clark, April 2, 1806]

At Blurock Landing all five volcanoes can be seen from the parking lot. As Captain Clark mentioned them: Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood in Oregon, and Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier in Washington State.


Image, 2010, Mount Jefferson, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Jefferson, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken March 19, 2010.


"... from the enterance of this river, I can plainly See Mt. Jefferson which is high and Covered with snow S.E. ..."
[Clark, April 2, 1806]
Image, 2010, Mount Hood, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Hood, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken March 19, 2010.


"... Mt. Hood East ..."
[Clark, April 2, 1806]
Image, 2010, Mount St. Helens, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount St. Helens, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken March 19, 2010.


"... Mt St. Helians ..."
[Clark, April 2, 1806]
Image, 2010, Mount Adams, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Adams, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken March 19, 2010.


"... a high humped Mountain to the East of Mt St. Helians ..."
[Clark, April 2, 1806]
Image, 2010, Mount Jefferson, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Rainier, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken March 19, 2010.


"... I also Saw the Mt. Raneer Nearly North ..."
[Clark, April 2, 1806]


Blurock Landing, etc.

  • Cement Remnants ...
  • Blurock & Sons, 1892 ...
  • Blurock's Landing, 1906 ...
  • John Blurock, 1907 ...
  • Charles Blurock, 1916 ...
  • Blurock's Landing, 1917 ...


Cement Remnants ...
???

Image, 2017, Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cement remnants, Blurock Landing, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 27, 2017.
Image, 2017, Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cement remnants, Blurock Landing, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 27, 2017.


Blurock & Sons, 1892 ...
VANCOUVER CITY MARKET.
BLUROCK & SONS,
DAIRYMEN,
Dealer in
Beef, Mutton, Pork, Veal,
Poultry and Cured Meats.



Source:    "The Washingtonian, Vol.1", 1892, Washington School for Defective Youth.


Blurock's Landing, 1906 ...
Put Cattle on Wrong Island.

"Vancouver, Wash., April 14. -- As a result of a misundertanding between Henry Carneth of Carneth Brothers, butchers, of La Camas, and the captain of the steamer Joseph Kellogg, the former are put to no end of trouble. Several days ago Karneth Brothers bought 20 head of cattle at Deer Island, Oregon, and shipped them to Blurock's landing, about six miles below this city. The cattle came down yesterday, but through some mistake they were put off on Shaw's island [Hayden Island], where they are now roaming over 1,000 acres of land, while Henry Carneth and Rufus Blair are trying to catch them again."


Source:    "The Sunday Daily Journal", April 14, 1906, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, Univeristy of Oregon Libraries, 2015.



John Blurock, 1907 ...
WAS PROMINENT CLARK COUNTY PIONEER.

"Vancouver, Wash., Jan. 7. -- (Special.) -- John Blurock, who died Sunday morning at his residence in this city, was one of the pioneer settlers of Vancouver and would hav been 77 years old May 23 next. He was born in Germany and came to America when a child. In 1876, with his family, he crossed the plains with an ox-team, locating near Vancouver. After farming a few years he moved into town and opened a meat market and had resided here ever since.

Mr. Blurock had been prominently identified with the interests of his home town and at one time was probably the wealthiest citizen of Clark County, having been largely interested in stock interests in Eastern Washington.

He left a widow and four sons. Two of the sons, Charles A. Blurock and Edward M. Blurock, are prominent citzens of this city. His two daughters, Mrs. Harry Classen and Mrs. S.A. Marsh, also reside here."


Source:    "The Morning Oregonian", Tuesday, January 8, 1907, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, Univeristy of Oregon Libraries, 2017.



Charles Blurock, 1916 ...
PROMINENT CITIZEN OF VANCOUVER DEAD.

"VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 18. -- (Special.) -- Charles A. Blurock, one of Vancouver's most prominent citizens, died yesterday at St. Joseph's Hospital following two operations made in the hope of saving his life.

Mr. Blurock was born in Pennsylvania 49 years ago and when 10 years old came to Vancouver across the plains with his parents. His father started in the meat business here, and upon his death Charles Blurock took it up. In 1894 he married Miss Bessie Purdin, of Portland."


Source:    "Morning Oregonian", February 19, 1916, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017.


CHARLES BLUROCK BURIED.

"VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb.19. -- (Special.) -- When Charles A Blurock, pioneer business man of this city, came to Vancouver 37 years ago, he came with his parents in a prairie schooner, drawn by oxen. Today, his funeral was held, and every vehicle in it, numbering more than 50, was an automobile, including the hearse."


Source:    "Sunday Oregonian", February 20, 1916, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017.



Blurock's Landing, 1917 ...
AUCTION SALE.

"Friday, December 7, at 11 A.M. on Higdon place, 7 miles west (river road) of Vancouver, Wash. Those going by boat take steamer Jessie Harkins at Vancouver at 8:40, get off Blurock's landing; rigs meet boat. 65 head splendid milch cows, most fresh or short springers, nearly all grade Holstein or Durham, a few Jerseys, all young cows, 3, 4, 5, 6 and a few 7 years old; 10 coming 3-year grade Holstein springers; 10 head beef cattle. The entire herd goes. All cows bought for interstate shipment will be tuberculin tested free; 1 almost new Sharple's cream separater."

W.W. McBRIDE, owner,
Col W.S. WOOD, Auctioneer, Vancouver.


Source:    "The Sunday Oregonian", December 2, 1917, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, Univeristy of Oregon Libraries, 2015.



From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 30, 1806 ...
we got under way verry early [from their camp near Wapato Portage] and had not proceeded to the head of the island [Bachelor Island] before we met with the three men of the Clan-nar-min-a-mon's who met us yesterday brackfast at the upper point of the Island [Bachelor Island] we met Several of the Clackstar and Cath-lah-cum-up in two canoes. Soon after we were overtaken by Several Canoes of different tribes who reside on each Side of the river the three above Tribes and the Clh-in-na-ta cathy-lah-nah-qui-up & Cath-lah-com-mah-tup reside on each Side of Wappato inlet [Multnomah Channel] and back of Wappato Island [Sauvie Island] which Island is formed by a Small Chanel which passes from the Lower part of Image Canoe Island [Hayden Island] into an inlet which makes in from the S W. Side, and receves the water of a Creek which heads with the Kil a mox River. this wappato Island [Sauvie Island] is about 18 or 20 Miles long and in places from 6 to 10 miles wide high & furtile with ponds on different parts of it in which the nativs geather Wappato. nearly opposit the upper point of the Isld. behing which we encamped last night, or on the Wappato Isld. is Several Camps of the nativs catching Sturgion. about 5 miles Still higher up and on the N E. Side we halted for brackfast at the place which We had encamped the 4th of November last [near Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge]. here we were visited by several canoes of Indians from two Towns a Short distance above on the Wappato Island [Sauvie Island]. the 1st of those Tribes Call themselves Clan-nah-quah and Situated about 2 miles above us, the other about a mile above Call themselves Mult-no-mah ...     at 10 a. m. we Set out and had not proceeded far before we came to a landing place where there was Several large canoes hauled up, and Sitting in a canoe, appearantly waiting our arival with a view to join the fleet indian who was then along Side of us. this man informed he was a Shoto and that his nation resided a little distance from the river. we landed and one of the indians pointed to the Shoto village which is Situated back of Pond [Vancouver Lake] which lies parrelal with the river on the N E. Side nearly opposit the Clan-nah quah village. here we were also joined by Several Canoes loaded with the natives from the Island who Continued to accompany us untill about 4 oClock when they all returned and we proceeded on to the place the Indians Stole my Tomahawk 4th Novr. last [Hayden Island] and Encamped in a Small Prarie ["Jolie Prairie" where Fort Vancouver and Pearson Airpark would some day be located] above a large Pond on N. E and opposit the Center of image Canoe Island [Hayden Island]. capt Lewis walked out and Saw Several deer. Jo. Field Shot at Elk he killed and brought in a fine duck. ...     we made 22 Miles only to day the wind and a Strong current being against us all day, with rain. discovered a high mountain S E. Covered with Snow which we call Mt. Jefferson [Mount Jefferson, Oregon]





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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:
  • Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017;
  • "Rootsweb.com" website, 2005;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website, 2007;


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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