Historical Markers and War Memorials in Klickitat County, Washington
Goldendale is the county seat for Klickitat County
Adjacent to Klickitat County, Washington
Benton County(3) ► Skamania County(20) ► Yakima County(21) ► Gilliam County, Oregon(2) ► Hood River County, Oregon(31) ► Morrow County, Oregon(3) ► Sherman County, Oregon(3) ► Wasco County, Oregon(60) ►
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Trading as a Way of Life
Since time immemorial, American Indians have lived nearby, nest to the life-giving river. They have thrived on the abundant fisheries, the rich resources of the uplands, and an extensive trade network. Captain . . . — — Map (db m158325) HM
Centuries before North America was colonized. Indian societies flourished on Columbia River shores. Annual return of the salmon provided nutrient-rich food, a valued commodity for bater, and spiritual renewal.
Men fish and hunt while women gather . . . — — Map (db m158630) HM
Geologists say between 13,000 and 15,000 years ago a series of huge catastrophic floods scoured this landscape. Surging water and large pieces of ice ripped rock, sediment, and soil from everything that surrounds you. Horsethief Butte withstood the . . . — — Map (db m158359) HM
"determined to attempt the Chanel"
If you stood here before the river was flooded by the Dalles Dam, you would be looking at the upper end of the Long Narrows. That farro stretch of the Columbia River posed a formidable challenge to the . . . — — Map (db m158323) HM
"ill Suckcess in precureing horses"
The Lewis and Clark Expedition prepared to depart the river in this area while eastbound in April 1806. The explorers wanted to obtain horses and proceed overland to the Nez Perce villages. . . . — — Map (db m158360) HM
A Great Place to Live
Floods of lava and water formed the unique landscape of the Columbia River Gorge. Nearby, rock formations and sandy soils created a perfect site for a village. In the low land beyond this small plateau, . . . — — Map (db m158326) HM
"Swelling, boiling & whorling in every direction"
The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived here after shooting the rapids of the "Short Narrows." In that narrow section of the Columbia, the water squeezed through a channel of basalt . . . — — Map (db m158329) HM
In 1908 Samuel Hill (1857-1931) bought 7,000 acres on these slopes. He planned a Quaker farming colony, surveyed a 34-block tounsite and built a church, hotel, store, offices, garage and shops. His engineers built ten miles of experimental roads; as . . . — — Map (db m34471) HM
The structure before you is the first monument in our nation to military personnel who gave their lives in World War I. (unreadable) 13 young Klickitat County men, it also serves as lasting reminder of the works of Samuel Hill, patron of this . . . — — Map (db m64447) HM WM
This trail connects the Sandborn Road to the town of Husum. Originally named as the Weldon-Hyndman Road by the petitioners and builders, Elwin Weldon and Henry Hyndman. Prior to construction of this wagon road, the people of the Sandborn area used . . . — — Map (db m129500) HM
Geologist say that about fifteen million years ago, molten stone poured from cracks in the earth near the eastern border of today's Washington and Oregon. Layers of flowing lava spread west, coating 65,000 square miles with andesite and basalt up to . . . — — Map (db m158322) HM
Three Views of the River
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 . . . — — Map (db m158633) HM
The Columbia River Gorge is a natural passage-way between rural inland farms and western shipping docks.
Transporting crops was difficult for early homesteaders who relied on wagons and steamboats. Water still provides a route, but modern barges, . . . — — Map (db m158631) HM
Gray clouds, heavy with moisture from an absorbent journey across the ocean, drizzle inland from west to east. Bumping into the Cascade Mountains, the rise, cool, and drop a final deluge that soaks the fir forests on the west facing slopes. . . . — — Map (db m158320) HM
1882 • Earliest burial.
1897 • A.H. and Jennie Jewett deed the property to the Board of School Directors of District #19.
1914 • Property deeded to City of White Salmon.
1922 • Last burial.
1955 • Property converted . . . — — Map (db m129499) HM
American Indians have harvested salmon from the Columbia River for over 10,000 years. Celilo Falls, a sacred location, now lies beneath the waters of the Columbia, directly east of the railroad bridge you see below. The loss of this fishery at . . . — — Map (db m128967) HM
In 1923, the Great Northern Railway received 28 Class P-2 “Mountains” from the Baldwin Locomotive Works. These locomotives were assigned numbers 2500 through 2527 and had 29 X 28 cylinder, 73” drivers, a 200 psi boiler pressure, a . . . — — Map (db m128995) HM
The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached Celilo Falls, its first major obstacle on the Columbia River, on October 22,1805. William Clark named this imposing stretch of the river “Great Falls of the Columbia.” For millenia, tribes . . . — — Map (db m128969) HM
William Clark took frequent side trips during the journey, sometimes climbing hills to get a better view of the surrounding countryside. On April 22, 1806, Clark scaled Haystack Butte, the highest hill on this side of the river (over your left . . . — — Map (db m128966) HM
Since time immemorial, the area surrounding Celilo Falls was the hub of a vast American Indian trade network that stretched from California to Alaska, and from the Missouri Plains to the Pacific Ocean. Native people established this trading center, . . . — — Map (db m128968) HM