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West Linn in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Willamette Falls Locks

Oregon History

 
 
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By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
1. Willamette Falls Locks Marker
Inscription. Still in use below this point-were opened on New Years Day, 1873, when the steamer Maria Wilkins became the first vessel to navigate up the west end of Willamette Falls. Farming and shipping interests had long sought to eliminate expensive portages around this age-old bar to navigation 26 miles above the mouth of the river. The initial project was completed by the Willamette Falls Canal and Locks Company with a partial State Subsidy at a cost of $450,000. Five locks-including a Canal Basin and Guard Lock at the upper end provide a total lift of 50.2 ft. carved from native rock and finished with masonry. The locks have concrete sills and are lined with timbers. (Marker Number M13.)
 
Location. 45° 21.105′ N, 122° 37.574′ W. Marker is in West Linn, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on Northbound Rest Area (Interstate 205), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Linn OR 97068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willamette Falls (here, next to this marker); George Abernethy (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John McLoughlin 1784 - 1857 (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John McLoughlin
Willamette Falls Locks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
2. Willamette Falls Locks Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Peter Skene Ogden House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oregon City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oregon City Falls (approx. 0.6 miles away); Larry G. Dahl (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Linn.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Willamette Falls Locks. Opened January 1, 1873, the Willamette Falls Locks are the oldest continually operating multi-chambered locks in the United States. (Submitted on June 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Willamette Falls Locks - Oregon Travel Experience Audio Tour. An audio history hosted by the Oregon Travel Information Council. (Submitted on November 25, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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Willamette Falls Locks image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
3. Willamette Falls Locks
The Willamette Falls are to the left in the distance. The Locks are just to the right of center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,242 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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