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

Willamette Falls

Oregon History

 
 
Willamette Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
1. Willamette Falls Marker
Inscription. Was early the site of an Indian salmon fishing village. The falls furnished the power for a lumber mill which began operation in 1842, a flour mill in 1844, a woolen mill in 1864 and the first paper mill in the Pacific Northwest in 1867. The first long distance commercial electric power transmission in the United States was from this area to the City of Portland in 1889. (Marker Number M14.)
 
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 Locks (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 (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.
 
Regarding Willamette Falls. With a crest length of over 1/4 mile
Willamette Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
2. Willamette Falls Marker
and a width of over 470 feet, it is by far the largest waterfall in the Northwest, a title which itself heralds attention. Regrettably the land on both sides of the river, immediately adjacent to the falls, is a prime industrial area, ruining the scenery around the falls. In the summer, most of the river gets diverted through the locks, which bypass the falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Willamette Falls worth more than a quick highway stop. (Submitted on June 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Willamette Falls - Oregon Travel Experience Audio Tour. Welcome to the Oregon Travel Information Council's cell phone audio tour. Sculpted by immense natural forces, Oregon's majestic landscape has been evoking wonder in travelers for more than ten thousand years. (Submitted on November 25, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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View of Willamette Falls from the rest area. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
3. View of Willamette Falls from the rest area.
Willamette Falls from the east side (Oregon City) image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
4. Willamette Falls from the east side (Oregon City)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,134 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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