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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.
 
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience. (Marker Number M14.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
 
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. Touch 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); Dr. John McLoughlin 1784 - 1857 (a few steps from this marker); George Abernethy (a few steps from this marker); Canemah (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Canemah Cemetery (approx.
Willamette Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
2. Willamette Falls Marker
half a mile away); Dr. John McLoughlin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Peter Skene Ogden House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oregon City (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Linn.
 
Regarding Willamette Falls. With a crest length of over 1/4 mile 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.) 

3. Oregon Travel Experience - Willamette Falls. (Submitted on January 12, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
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.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative Americans
 
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)
<i>Willamette Falls, Ore.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Co., 1899
5. Willamette Falls, Ore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,249 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on January 30, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on February 5, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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