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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Mitchell Point Drive, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon"
Includes ... Mitchell Point Drive ...
Image, 2016, Locke home from Interstate 84, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic 1908 Locke home as seen from Mitchell Point Drive, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2016.


Mitchell Point Drive ...
"This section is found on the east side of Mitchell Point, and includes about half a mile of Mitchell Point Drive, which follows the alignment of the HCRH and provides access to residential properties." ... The HCRH alignment has its west endpoint at the approximate site of the destroyed Mitchell Point Tunnel, and runs through a disused quarry. The 1870s military wagon road went through this quarry area as well, winding down from the saddle between Mitchell Point and little Mitchell Point to meet the HCRH once more. The HCRH again followed its course from this point toward Ruthton Hill (Elliot 1914). This quarry was expanded during the construction of the water-level highway and used subsequently, creating a large, disturbed open space. In the 1930s, this land was still primarily orchard and agricultural, surrounded by forested slopes. Some of the historic field pattern is still traceable in the present landscape, and the 1908 Locke (now Galligan) family house still fronts the road as it once did the military wagon road in the same location (Hadlow et al. 2009). I-84 now cuts the property off from the river and replaces some of the orchards."

"A portion of the alignment of the HCRH is now Mitchell Point Drive, a short well-maintained road providing access to residential property."

"A 12" culvert with concrete head and wing walls in fair condition carries a small seasonal creek under the road."


Source:    Historic Columbia River Highway Cultural Landscape Inventory Report, 2010.


Views ...

Image, 2016, Mitchell Point Drive, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Tunnel under Interstate 84 heading to Mitchell Point Drive and the Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2016.
Image, 2016, Mitchell Point Drive, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mitchell Point Drive, view looking west, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2016.
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Barns, Mitchell Point Drive, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2016.
Image, 2016, Orchards along Mitchell Point Drive, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Orchards along Mitchell Point Drive, Historic Columbia River Highway, as seen from Highway 84, Oregon. Image taken April 6, 2016.


Quarry ...
"The disused rock quarry is at the west end of the segment. This is a large, disturbed open space. The alignment of the HCRH in this area is uncertain. The military wagon road once came through this area as well, and the end of it can still be found on the southwest slopes above the quarry. At the top of the quarry fragments of pavement show where the HCRH came down from Mitchell Point Tunnel."


Source:    Historic Columbia River Highway Cultural Landscape Inventory Report, 2010.


The Dalles and Sandy Wagon Road ...
Mitchell Point Drive was originally the early The Dalles and Sandy Wagon Road.
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Image, 2016, Mitchell Point Drive, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mitchell Point Drive, view looking west, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Mitchell Point Drive was once the early The Dalles and Sandy Wagon Road. Image taken February 8, 2016.


Locke/Galligan Home ...
"The Locke family settled here in the 1880s, building a house along the old military wagon road in 1908. This 1908 house still stands and is occupied by members of the original family. A barn of even earlier construction has been moved from its original location (Hadlow et al., 2009). There are several newer residences and outbuildings that also front the roadway."


Source:    Historic Columbia River Highway Cultural Landscape Inventory Report, 2010.

"[In 1884] Edgar Locke moved from Bariboo, Michigan to Hood River, Oregon with his wife Nellie Bayles and his young daughter Margaret. The family purchased over 300 acres on the south shore of the Columbia River west of Hood River, at the foot of Mitchell Point. Edgar soon became known as a skilled orchardist ... The first thing that Edgar did upon arriving at the new homestead was to build a small wood frame house to shelter his family through the harsh Gorge winters to come. The original house stood until 1908, when much of the wood was disassembled and used to build the prominent house that remains today."


Source:    Robert W. Hadlow and others, 2009, HCRH Oral History Report, SR 500-261, Oregon Department of Transportation.

"A very pretty home wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Locke, at noon, Wednesday, June 27, 1900, when their daughter Margaret was married to Wilbur H. Galligan, son of James B. Galligan. Rev. H. K. Benson of the United Brethren church initiated in the simple but impressive ceremony. Only the immediate relatives were present. The parlors were very tastily decorated with ferns and cut flowers. After the wedding ceremony the guests sat down to an elegant dinner. The contracting parties are well known and highly esteemed by all. The GLACIER joins their many friends in congratulations and in wishes for a most pleasant and prosperous career."


Source:    "The Hood River Glacier", June 29, 1900, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers, University of Oregon Libraries Archives.


Image, 2015, Locke home from Interstate 84, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic 1908 Locke home as seen from eastbound Interstate 84. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Locke home from Interstate 84, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic 1908 Locke home as seen from eastbound Interstate 84. Image converted to black/white. Image taken April 9, 2015.


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