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"Brownsmead, Oregon"
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Brownsmead Grange, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken September 22, 2012.


Brownsmead ...
Brownsmead is a small Oregon community located inland on the floodplain of the Columbia River at approximately River Mile (RM) 27. The center of the community borders the Burlington Northern tracks and Saspal Slough. Three miles downstream of Brownsmead is Knappa and two miles upstream is Aldrich Point.

While the center of the Brownsmead community lies inland, the community is surrounded by water. Prairie Channel and the islands of the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge lie about 1/2 mile to the northwest, and Grizzly Slough, Blind Slough, Davis Creek, and Gnat Creek circle the community. The main road into Brownsmead is called "Brownsmead Dike Lane".

According to Oregon Geographic Names (McArthur and McArthur, 2003):

"This community developed on the bank of the Columbia River as the result of diking and reclamation carried on by W.G. Brown, a well-known engineer of Portland. His name, coupled with the Anglo-Saxon word for meadow, formed the name of the community. It was formerly known as Brody. Brownsmead post office operated from 1919 to 1975."

Brownsmead Grange ...

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Brownsmead Grange, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken September 22, 2012.

The Brownsmead Grange was built in 1918.
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Brownsmead Grange, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Sign on the side of the Brownsmead Grange building, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


Old Store ...

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Old building, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken September 22, 2012.
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Old building, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken September 22, 2012.


Brownsmead Station ...
Brownsmead Station was once called "Brody". The tracks are for the Spokane Portland & Seattle (SP&S) Railway which came to Brownsmead in 1898. The SP&S became part of Burlington Northern in 1970.

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Brownsmead Station, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Brownsmead Station, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Brownsmead Station, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Brownsmead Station, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Railroad crossing, Brownsmead Station, Brownsmead, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


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:    "Daily Astorian", January 1, 2015, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016;    McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, 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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