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Stevenson in Skamania County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Wind Mountain

A Timeless Grandeur

 
 
Wind Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2020
1. Wind Mountain Marker
Inscription.  If you are admiring the view upriver to Wind Mountain, you're in good company. Travelers throughout history have been awed by the grandeur of the steep cliffs and unique mountain formations of the Columbia River Gorge. Early journal entries from weary pioneers of the 1880s (sic), jaded from months of hard travel and jittery about the Cascade rapids below, were inspired to make journal entries about the beauty of this waterway.
The tall, cone-shaped peak on the river's shore to the east is Wind Mountain. Whirlwinds blow in fury about this mountain, and a cloud "hat" can often be seen on its top. Local lore suggests that Wind Mountain may once have been a spirit quest site, where Native Americans would vision quest for a lifelong guardian spirit.

... the mountains through which the river passes... are high broken, rocky,... and in many places exhort very romantic romantic scenes" -- William Clark, 1806 (Lewis and Clark Expedition)

The fires of the natives blazed among the woody glens, the light canoe skimmed the waters near the shore, the winds groaned over the mountain tops, the cascades sang from cliff
Wind Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2020
2. Wind Mountain Marker
to cliff, the loon shouted and dove beneath the shining wave, it was a wild, almost unearthly scene, in the deep gorge of the Columbia."
Thomas J. Farnham, 1843 (Farnham was employed by publisher Horace Greeley to write about the frontier)

"I was most impressed by the Columbia River banks. What a lovely country. A new panorama comes into view every turn." Honoré-Timothée Lempfrit, 1848 (Lempfrit was a Catholic missionary to the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1800s)
 
Erected by Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 45° 41.639′ N, 121° 52.682′ W. Marker is in Stevenson, Washington, in Skamania County. Marker is on Southwest Cascade Avenue near Leavens Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located on the waterfront pathway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Southwest Cascade Avenue, Stevenson WA 98648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bretz Floods (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stevenson Washington (approx. ¼ mile away); "White Lightning" In The Back Alley (approx. ¼ mile away); Steamboats Docked at Stevenson (approx. ¼ mile away); "Stump Lifter" Elected First Mayor
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(approx. ¼ mile away); "The Great Shoote" (approx. ¼ mile away); Great Depression Threatens Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Gatekeepers of the Columbia (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stevenson.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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