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Near Bend in Deschutes County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

River Ruler

 
 
River Ruler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2015
1. River Ruler Marker
Inscription.
This cableway was installed in 1905 by the United States Geological Survey to measure the river's flow. Today instruments sense and record the elevation of the water surface. This information is relayed by satellite into computers of water management agencies, and tells them how much water, will arrive in Bend eight hours later. This is an important link in the domestic and irrigation water systems of Central Oregon.
 
Location. 43° 55.847′ N, 121° 24.764′ W. Marker is near Bend, Oregon, in Deschutes County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 9702 4 miles west of The Dalles-California Highway (U.S. 97). Touch for map. Marker is located along the Deschutes River Paddle Trail, near the Benham Falls East Trailhead, accessible via Forest Road 9702 from the Lava Lands Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58201 US Highway 97, Bend OR 97702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lava Butte (approx. 2.9 miles away); Some Lava Flows Build Their Own Pipelines (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lava River Cave (approx. 3.3 miles away); Journey of the Log to Lumber (approx. 9.2 miles away);
River Ruler Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2015
2. River Ruler Marker (wide view)
Location, Location & Location (approx. 9.2 miles away); Today's Old Mill District (approx. 9.3 miles away); Thank Goodness for Water and Gravity (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Mill Transformed Trees into Highly Prized Lumber (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bend.
 
Also see . . .  A cableway is used to make measurements during periods of high flow in the river.
This link contains a detailed description of USGS procedures for using this type of cableway for water measurements. It also includes a photograph of this type of cableway in operation. (Submitted on February 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentScience & MedicineWaterways & Vessels
 
1905 USGS Cableway (<i>view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2015
3. 1905 USGS Cableway (view from marker)
1905 USGS Cableway (<i>side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2015
4. 1905 USGS Cableway (side view)
Connecticut River Cableway 1939 image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey
5. Connecticut River Cableway 1939
Deschutes River (<i>near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2015
6. Deschutes River (near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 114 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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