Near Lyle in Klickitat County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Columbia Then & Now
When the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the Short and Long Narrows of the Columbia in the early 1800s, the river looked dramatically different than it does today. The water was squeezed into narrow channels punctuated by treacherous whirlpools and whitewater. This powerful part of the river now sleeps beneath Lake Celilo, formed by the backwaters of The Dalles Dam.
The center map is William Clark's drawing of this stretch of the river, from Celilo Falls to The Dells. The 1935 aerial views shows the river prior to the construction of the dam. The current conditions map illustrated how the shorelines have changed since the dam was constructed.
October 24, 1805
"Capt Lewis and three men crossed the river and on the opposit Side to view the falls which he had not yet taken a full view of" ~ William Clark ~
"we went through a narrows where the river is all confined in a narrow channel of about 20 yds and verry rapid and bad whorl pools ... towards evening we came to another narrows" ~ John Ordway ~
The rivers and landscapes of this country have changed since the Lewis and Clark Expedition. As you view the Columbia River below and the surrounding landscape, what do you see that has change over time? What things are here now that weren't here in 1805-06? In your journal not these differenced.
Erected by Lewis & Clark Expedition - Washington.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
Location. 45° 39.835′ N, 121° 2.278′ W. Marker is near Lyle, Washington, in Klickitat County. Marker is on Lewis and Clark Highway (Washington Route 14) near Avery Road, on the right when traveling east. This marker is at the Avery Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lyle WA 98635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Market, to Market (a few steps from this marker); Columbia River Indians (approx. 3.1 miles away); Class P-2 Engine No. 2507 (approx. 3˝ miles away); Horsethief Butte (approx. 3.6 miles away); Long Narrows Challenge (approx. 3.6 miles away); "the Great Mart" (approx. 3.6 miles away); Sheltered Homelands (approx. 3.6 miles away); Through the Short Narrows (approx. 3.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.