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"Dallesport, Washington"
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Image, 2016, Dallesport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Dallesport, Washington. Image taken _____.


Dallesport ...
Dallesport is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from The Dalles, Oregon, at approximately Columbia River Mile (RM) 189. Upstream is The Dalles Bridge and The Dalles Dam. Five miles upstream is Spearfish Lake. North of Dallesport on Washington Route 14 is the small community of Murdock.

Early Dallesport ...
According to "Place Names of Washington" (Hitchman, 1985, Washington State Historical Society), Dallesport is a "town on north bank of Columbia River, opposite The Dalles, Oregon, southwest Klickitat County. Once it was a town of considerable importance, and the county seat of Klickitat County. In 1891, it boomed under the hand of Rev. Orson D. Taylor, a Baptist missionary. In 1895, he was arrested for gross misrepresentation, but was released on a technicality.

Dallesport is located in T2N, R13E, Sec.33, Klickitat County.

Today's Dallesport has had several names including "Rockland Flats", "Rockland", "Grand Dalles", and "North Dalles", before becoming "Dallesport" in 1937.



Dallesport (Rockland) in 1861 ...

Cadastral Map detail, 1861, Dallesport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cadastral map detail, 1861, T2N R13E, Sections 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35, Dallesport area, Klickitat County, Washington. Original map courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Managament, Cadastral Survey Database, 2016.


Dallesport (Grand Dalles) in 1913 ...

Map detail, 1913, Dallesport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Map detail, 1913, T2N R13E, Sections 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35, Dallesport area, Klickitat County, Washington. Ogle & Co. original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.


Dallesport (North Dalles) in 1934 ...

Map detail, 1934, Dallesport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Map detail, 1934, T2N R13E, Sections 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35, Dallesport area, Klickitat County, Washington. Metsker original map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.


Dallesport in 1937 ...
TOWN WILL CHANGE ITS NAME DEC. 1
Northdalles Residents Petition to Have District Termed Dallesport, Report Says.

Word was received by The Sentinel the fore part of the week stating that Northdalles will be known as Dallesport after December 1.

The official word was sent The Sentinel by Mrs. Hessie R. Mann, Northdalles postmistress, who said: “Please be advised that the name of the post office here at Northdalles will be changed to Dallesport effective December 1.”

The short letter aroused considerable interest and a Sentinel staff member investigated further to find the how and why of the change. It was learned that a development which is now under way along the flats across the Columbia from The Dalles would point toward the time when an orderly laid out city would be thriving there.

The man who is caring for the development recently met with those interested and suggested a change in name. He went further and suggested Dallesport to replace the more widely known Northdalles.

The idea seemed to catch on and the suggestion was released in a quiet fashion. It was Mrs. Mann, the postmistress, who receives the actual credit for the change, The Sentinel learned. She circulated the petition for a change. A percentage, thought to be 60, of the patrons of the post office must acquiesce if the name is to be changed. The names were obtained with little effort a few weeks ago and the petition forwarded to the federal authorities.

The answer back was favorable and Mrs. Mann sent out her official announcements this week. The area was originally known as Grand Dalles, later as Northdalles, and after December 1 will appear on the official records as Dallesport.


Source:    "The Goldendale Sentinel", November 25, 1937, courtesy "rootsweb.com" website, 2016.



Dallesport (Dallesport) in 1946 ...

Map detail, 1946, Dallesport, Washington, click to enlarge
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NOAA Chart #6157 detail, The Dalles (Oregon) and Dallesport (Washington). Original map courtesy NOAA's Historical Map & Chart Collection, 2016.


Dallesport (Dallesport) in 1950 ...

Map detail, 1950, Dallesport, Washington, click to enlarge
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Map detail, 1950 Klickitat County, Washington, showing the Columbia River and the North Bank Railroad. Also showing the communities of Skadat, Rock Island, Dallesport (Northdalles), Spearfish, Avery, and Wishram. Original Metsker map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2016.


Dallesport Treaty Fishing Access Site, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission ...
All four Columbia River treaty tribes enjoy fishing rights along the Columbia from the Bonneville to McNary dams. This 147-mile stretch of the river is called Zone 6. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) operates and maintains 31 fishing sites (2015, Note: the website map only shows 30 sites) in Zone 6. These sites were set aside by Congress to provide fishing locations to Indian fishers whose traditional fishing grounds were inundated behind dams.

"For fisheries management purposes, the 292-mile stretch of the Columbia River that creates the border between Washington and Oregon is divided into six zones. Zones 1-5 are between the mouth of the river and Bonneville Dam, a distance of 145 miles. Oregon and Washington manage the commercial fisheries that occur in these zones. Zone 6 is an exclusive treaty Indian commercial fishing area. This exclusion is for commercial fishing only. Non-commercial sports fishers may still fish in this stretch of the river." [Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission website, 2016]

The Zone 6 sites include 19 Treaty Fishing Access sites (Bonneville, Wyeth, White Salmon, Stanley Rock, Lyle, Dallesport, Celilo, Maryhill, Rufus, Preacher's Eddy, North Shore, LePage Park, Pasture Point, Roosevelt Park, Pine Creek, Threemile Canyon, Alderdale, Crow Butte, and Faler Road), five "In-lieu" sites (Cascade Locks, Wind River, Cooks, Underwood, and Lone Pine), two "Shared-use" sites (Avery and Sundale Park, for both Tribal use and Public use), and four "Unimproved" sites with no services (Goodnoe, Rock Creek, Moonay, and Aldercreek).



From the Journals of Lewis and 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:    Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission website, 2016;    Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington State Historical Society;   

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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