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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Sauvie Island Bridge, Sauvie Island, Oregon"
Includes ... Sauvie Island ... Sauvie Island Bridge ...
Image, 2008, Sauvie Island Bridge, click to enlarge
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Old Bridge and New Bridge, Sauvie Island Bridge, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken February 23, 2008.


Sauvie Island Bridge ...
In 1950, the Sauvie Island Bridge was built across the Multnomah Channel to connect Sauvie Island to Oregon. In 2007 construction was started on a replacement bridge, to be finished in 2008.

Views of the "Old Bridge" ...

Image, 2005, Sauvie Island Bridge and the Multnomah Channel, click to enlarge
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Sauvie Island Bridge and the Multnomah Channel with houseboats. Image taken November 20, 2005.
Image, 2005, Sauvie Island Bridge with Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams, click to enlarge
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Sauvie Island Bridge with Mount St. Helens (left) and Mount Adams (right). Image taken November 20, 2005.
Image, 2005, Sauvie Island Bridge, click to enlarge
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Shadow, Sauvie Island Bridge, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2005.


Views of the "Old Bridge" and the "New Bridge" ...

Image, 2008, Sauvie Island Bridge, click to enlarge
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Sauvie Island with two Bridges. The "Old" (green) bridge was built in 1950. The "New" bridge (currently orange) will be finished by summer of 2008. Image taken February 23, 2008.
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Sauvie Island "New Bridge". Image taken February 23, 2008.
Image, 2008, Sauvie Island Bridge, click to enlarge
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Sauvie Island "New Bridge". Image taken February 23, 2008.


Crossing the "Old Bridge" with the "New Bridge" ...

Image, 2008, Sauvie Island Bridge, click to enlarge
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Crossing the "Old Bridge" with the "New Bridge" on the right. Mount St. Helens is visible on the left. Image taken February 23, 2008.
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Crossing the "Old Bridge" with the "New Bridge" on the right. Window/sun glare on right. Image taken February 23, 2008.


Crossing the "New Bridge" ...

Image, 2013, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams, as seen from crossing the Sauvie Island Bridge, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken November 21, 2013.
Image, 2008, Sauvie Island Bridge, click to enlarge
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Crossing the "New Bridge". Image taken October 12, 2008.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, April 2, 1806 ...
The Current of the Multnomar [Willamette River] is as jentle as that of the Columbia glides Smoothly with an eavin surface, and appears to be Sufficiently deep for the largest Ship. I attempted fathom it with a Cord of 5 fathom which was the only Cord I had, could not find bottom ? of the distance across. I proceeded up this river 10 miles from it's enterance into the Columbia to a large house on the N E. Side and Encamped near the house [northeast of Cathedral Park and the St. Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon], the flees being So noumerous in the house that we could not Sleep in it.



this is the house of the Cush-hooks Nation who reside at the falls of this river which the pilot informs me they make use of when they Come down to the Vally to gather Wappato. he also informs me that a number of other Smaller houses are Situated on two Bayous which make out on the S. E. Side a little below the house. this house appears to have been laterly abandoned by its inhabitants ...     The course and distance assending the Molt no mar R [Willamette River] from it's enterance into the Columbia at the lower point of the 3rd Image Canoe island.

[This area has changed during the past 200 years. Lewis and Clark called today's Hayden Island "Image Canoe Island". Their "3rd Image Canoe Island" however maybe in reference to the "three Small Islands are situated in it's mouth" (see journal entry above), two of the islands possibly were islands which are today's Belle Vue Point on Sauvie Island, and Pearcy Island which eventually became Kelley Point. Lewis and Clark's route map (Map#79 and Map#80, Moulton, Vol.1) shows a long "Image Canoe Island" with two small islands on the north side of "Image Canoe Island", and three small islands at the mouth of the "Multnomah R.". ]

S. 30 W. 2 Miles to the upper point of a Small Island [???] in the Middle of Moltnomar river [Willamette River]. thence

S. 10 W. 3 miles to a Sluce 80 yards wide [Multnomah Channel] which devides Wappato Island [Sauvie Island] from the Main Stard. Side Shore passing a Willow point on the Lard. Side [???].

S. 60 E. 3 miles to a large Indian house on the Lard Side below [St. Johns area, Cathedral Park and the St. Johns Bridge] Some high pine land. high bold Shore on the Starboard Side [Tualatin Mountains, locally known as the Portland West Hills. The community of Linnton lies at the base of the Tualatin Mountains along this stretch of the Willamette.]. thence

S. 30 E 2 miles to a bend under the high lands on the Stard Side [across from Swan Island and the University of Portland]

miles 10 passing a Larborad point [???].

thence the river bends to the East of S East as far as I could See [the stretch through Portland, Oregon]. at this place I think the wedth of the river may be Stated at 500 yards and Sufficiently deep for a Man of War or Ship of any burthern.





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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:    See Sauvie Island page for sources.

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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