Saturday, December 12, 2020

Further west, we get to Wishram-- about 500 people living near the BNSF switch yard and Amtrak station.



The Oregon Trunk Line Railroad Bridge was built in 1912 over Celilo Falls, where Native Americans from both sides of the river and as far away as the Rocky Mountains traded with others from as far away as the Pacific shore.  As many as 3000 people would congregate here. 

The 1914 postcard below shows the bridge with a train crossing long before the falls were flooded by the dam at The Dalles.  The bridge was raised to a higher level and a section was added to allow Maritime traffic to pass.


Elephant's Child said...

Fascinating - and the old post card adds to the story.
Thank you.

Margaret D said...

I like the comparison from old to todays.
Nice capture.

Agnieszka Mikołajczyk said...


Maria Rodrigues said...

It is always so interesting to compare places in the present and how they were in the past.

eli mendez said...

Hermosas postales de un antes y un después.
La historia de los lugares siempre resulta fascinante y poder guardar un registro fotográfico de ello es muy importante.
Gracias por esta bella entrada
Te deseo un hermoso fin de semana!!! Abrazo grande

Rose said...

I love that postcard....and your photo. The views make me feel so small.

Taken For Granted said...

Good to have the old post card for comparison with your photo. This bridge is now just above the water level so this is no longer a wild river.

Helen said...

Impressive. Thanks for the comparison.

Luis Serrano said...

Un disparo que nos muestra esa estación desde la que parece abrirse todo un futuro. Abrazo

Ildefonso Robledo said...

Una imagen muy bella. Me gusta mucho. Muy interesante esa vieja postal
Un saludo

picpholio said...

Very interesting to see the difference between now and then. I also visited other some posts on your blog. Nice to learn something more about your place. Also lovely pictures. It would be nice to follow you.
Kind regards,
Rudi (Antwerp - Belgium)

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Bill,
What a great view to that bridge. This is so fantastic. Wonderful.

Greetings, Marco