Corbett in Multnomah County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
On the Road to Change
Stacks of cordwood and bushels of potatoes lined the docks of Corbett Landing in the 1880s. This riverside steamboat landing and railroad whistle stop served early settlers as a shipping and receiving station for surplus produce and the hand-split fuel used by wood-burning paddlewheelers.
Even before the turn of the century, settlers were drawn to these rich farmlands, high above the Columbia's steep, picturesque bluffs. Cabins and barns were raised on the windswept hillsides, but isolated homesteaders still gathered on the river by Corbett Landing for commerce, news, companionship, or support in crises.
Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway (1813-1915) established Corbett as a permanent hilltop community. During the 1920s and 30s, fields of daffodils, gladioluses, and lilies attracted hundreds of Portlanders to Corbett each spring and summer to gaze at a swaying rainbow of colors.
Today, most busy travelers bypass Corbett on Interstate 84. The community has settled down to become a quiet respite from the turmoil of the city.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 45° 31.873′ N, 122° 17.546′ W. Marker is in Corbett, Oregon, in Multnomah County. Marker can be reached from East Historic Columbia River Highway west of NE Evans Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the U.S. Post Office in Corbett, near the front entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36046 East Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett OR 97019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Broughton’s Expedition (approx. 1.1 miles away); Samuel Hill – “Road Builder” (approx. 1.6 miles away); Chanticleer Point (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Chanticleer Point (approx. 1.6 miles away); Vista House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Marshall N. Dana (approx. 2.4 miles away); Samuel C. Lancaster (approx. 2.4 miles away); Camping Among the Giants (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corbett.
Also see . . .
1. History of Corbett.
For many years there was a station named Corbett on the Union Pacific Railroad at the base of the bluff below the community. The station is gone, but there is a small commercial cluster (Submitted on January 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Henry W. Corbett.
Henry Winslow Corbett (2/18/1827-3/31/1903) was an American businessman, politician, civic benefactor, and philanthropist in the state of Oregon. A native of Massachusetts, he spent his early life in the East and New York before moving to the Oregon Territory. He was a prominent figure in the early development of Portland, Oregon and was involved in numerous business ventures there, starting in general merchandise. His interests later included banking, finance, insurance, river shipping, stage lines, railways, telegraph, iron and steel and the erection of Portland downtown buildings among other enterprises. A Republican, he served as a United States Senator from 1867 to 1873 (Submitted on January 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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