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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Dalton Point, Oregon"
Includes ... Dalton Point ... Dalton Creek ... Dalton Falls ... Dalton Point State Recreation Site ...
Image, 2006, Columbia River Gorge, as seen from Crown Point, click to enlarge
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Columbia River Gorge, looking upstream, as seen from Vista House, Crown Point, Oregon. The Historic Looking at the Columbia River Highway in the foreground and Youngs Creek (Shepperds Dell) on the lower right. Sand Island is in the middle ground with Dalton Point jutting into the Columbia. Phoca Rock is just visible on the left and Beacon Rock is in the background. Image taken October 21, 2006.


Dalton Point ...
Dalton Point is on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 133.5, and lies below Bridal Veil Falls. A little over two miles upstream is Multnomah Falls and downstream lies Crown Point and Rooster Rock. Across the river on the Washington side is the Prindle area.

"W. Dalton" ...
Robert A. Habersham's 1889 Multnomah County map shows "W. Dalton" residing in T1N R5E Section 14. Metsker Map's 1927 map for T1N R5E shows Section 14 under the ownership of "Columbia Highlands Co.".

View from Tunnel Point ...

Image, 2004, Columbia Gorge as seen from Tunnel Point, I-84, Portland, click to enlarge
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Columbia River Gorge looking upstream, as seen from Tunnel Point. Image taken October 10, 2004.
Image, 2004, Columbia Gorge as seen from Tunnel Point, I-84, Portland, click to enlarge
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Columbia River Gorge looking upstream, as seen from Tunnel Point. Image taken October 10, 2004.


Dalton Creek and Dalton Falls ...
The U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database lists "Dalton Creek", "Dalton Point", "Dalton Point Boat Ramp", and "Dalton Point State Recreation Site". "Dalton Falls" is not listed. However, early newspaper articles about the Columbia River Highway mention "Dalton Falls".
[More Dalton Creek and Dalton Falls]

Views from Dalton Point ...
Upstream from Dalton Point good views of Archer Mountain, Beacon Rock, Skamania Island, Cape Horn, and Phoca Rock can be had, as well as views of the Prindle, Washington, area. Downstream can be seen Sand Island and Crown Point.

Image, 2005, Towards boat ramp, Dalton Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Looking across the Columbia from the boat ramp, Dalton Point, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Dalton Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Upstream bank of Dalton Point, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Dalton Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Downstream bank of Dalton Point, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Prindle area, Washington, from Dalton Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Prindle area, Washington, from Dalton Point, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2004, Beacon Rock, Washington, click to enlarge
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Beacon Rock, Washington, as seen from Dalton Point, Oregon. Skamania Island is samll treed island in the Columbia. Image taken June 27, 2004.
Image, 2005, Beacon Rock, Washington, click to enlarge
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Beacon Rock, Washington, as seen from Dalton Point, Oregon. Skamania Island is samll treed island in the Columbia. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Columbia River looking upstream from Dalton Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Archer Mountain, Washington, as seen from Dalton Point, Oregon. Hamilton Mountain is snow covered. Image taken December 10, 2005.
Image, 2005, Cape Horn, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cape Horn, Washington, as seen from Dalton Point, Oregon. Mount Pleasant rises above while Phoca Rock is in the Columbia near the base of the cliff. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Cape Horn, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cape Horn, Washington, as seen from Dalton Point, Oregon. Phoca Rock is in the Columbia near the base of the cliff. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2005, Phoca Rock in front of Cape Horn, click to enlarge
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Windy Weather, Phoca Rock, as seen from Dalton Point, Oregon. According to the evening news, winds were sustaining at 30-40 with gusts of 60-70. Image taken December 10, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...
Examined the rapid below us [from their camp at Fort Rains, looking at the Cascade Rapids] more pertcelarly the danger appearing too great to Hazzard our Canoes loaded, dispatched all the men who could not Swim with loads to the end of the portage below, I also walked to the end of the portage with the carriers where I delayed untill everry articles was brought over and canoes arrived Safe. here we brackfast and took a Meridn. altitude 59 45' 45" about the time we were Setting out 7 Squars came over loaded with Dried fish, and bear grass neetly bundled up, Soon after 4 Indian men came down over the rapid in a large canoe.     passed a rapid at 2 miles & 1 at 4 miles opposite the lower point of a high Island on the Lard Side [Bradford Island], and a little below 4 Houses on the Stard. Bank, a Small Creek on the Lard Side [Tanner Creek] opposit Straw berry Island [Hamilton Island], which heads below the last rapid, opposit the lower point of this Island [Hamilton Island] passed three Islands covered with tall timber [today there are two, Ives and Pierce] opposit the Beatin rock [Beacon Rock]    Those Islands are nearest the Starboard Side, imediately below on the Stard. Side passed a village of nine houses [indentified on Atlas map#79 as the "Wah-clallah Tribe of Shahala Nation", location near today's Skamania and Skamania Landing], which is Situated between 2 Small Creeks [Woodard Creek and Duncan Creek], and are of the Same construction of those above; here the river widens to near a mile, and the bottoms are more extensive and thickly timbered, as also the high mountains on each Side, with Pine, Spruce pine, Cotton wood, a Species of ash, and alder.     at 17 miles passed a rock near the middle of the river [Phoca Rock], about 100 feet high and 80 feet Diamuter,     proceed on down a Smoth gentle Stream of about 2 miles wide, in which the tide has its effect as high as the Beaten rock [Beacon Rock] or the Last rapids at Strawberry Island [Hamilton Island],- Saw great numbers of waterfowl of Different kinds, Such as Swan, Geese, white & grey brants, ducks of various kinds, Guls, & Pleaver [today just below Beacon Rock is Franz National Wildlife Refuge]. ...     we encamped under a high projecting rock on the Lard. Side [Rooster Rock, with Crown Point rising above it],     here the mountains leave the river on each Side [leaving the Columbia River Gorge, Steigerwald Land NWR is on the north and the Sandy River delta is on the south], which from the great Shute to this place is high and rugid [Columbia River Gorge]; thickly Covered with timber principalley of the Pine Species. The bottoms below appear extensive and thickly Covered with wood.     river here about 2 miles wide.     Seven Indians in a Canoe on their way down to trade with the nativs below, encamp with us, those we left at the portage passed us this evening and proceeded on down The ebb tide rose here about 9 Inches, the flood tide must rise here much higher- we made 29 miles to day from the Great Shute [Cascade Locks]-





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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:    "historicmapworks.com" website, 2015;    U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2015;   

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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