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Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Willamette Falls, circa 1880

 
 
Willamette Falls, circa 1880 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
1. Willamette Falls, circa 1880 Marker
Inscription. When travelers arrived at the End of the Oregon Trail, they found Willamette Falls, a natural wonder that attracted both those early settlers and the Native Americans who settled here centuries earlier. For the traditional peoples, the main attraction was fishing, as the falls were an ideal place to harvest salmon - a mainstay of their diet. For new arrivals, making a fresh start in the Oregon country, the Falls represented a potential source for industry.
For both cultures, the Falls created a natural trading area. Many Native Americans tribes came here to fish, harvest lamprey eels and trade with one another. For the new arrivals, since the Falls blocked ship travel, this was the head of navigation, and aspiring traders and shop owners located here to serve the rest of the Willamette Valley.
 
Erected by Historic Oregon City.
 
Location. 45° 21.882′ N, 122° 35.646′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street near Abernethy Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abigail Scott Duniway (within shouting distance of this marker); George Abernethy's Historical Significance (within shouting distance of this marker); End of the Oregon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing At Tumwater (within shouting distance of this marker); Lot Whitcomb (within shouting distance of this marker); Earthquakes and Mountain Fog (within shouting distance of this marker); Sidney W. Moss (within shouting distance of this marker); Medorem Crawford (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located near the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center parking lot.
 
Categories. Native AmericansNatural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on February 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
 
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