Lost forever now, these falls on the Columbia were the traditional Native American salmon-fishing Mecca of southern Washington. They were drowned in the 1950s by construction of The Dalles Dam.
Photo from: Wikipedia
Photo from: CCRH.org
I stumbled upon the remains of the site this August.
So the men are fishing from the platforms. They remind me of the whitebait huts we have along our rivers in NZ for catching the tiny whitebait in season.ReplyDelete
It's sad that the whole area was destroyed, sad to see the old abandoned barns about to collapse, but your photos of the buildings are wonderful.ReplyDelete
That first photo showing the men fishing is amazing - I have been told that my American family line is Native American, I would love to know if this is correct.ReplyDelete
Your photos of the derelict hut are wonderful, it's so good that you have recorded it.
Dams do so much damage - this has been down in NZ and there is a dam proposal in place for the river near our bush block down south, there aren't any buildings to be destroyed but a beautiful natural gorge and irreplaceable bird and fish life.
A fantastic piece of history - a true sepia creation. Thanks for sharing the story.ReplyDelete
Nice history. I often photo run down barns along our travels, imagining how once they were so useful but time has moved on and their bones are all that's left, for a time. There must be other history and records of that dam going up and stories about it. As civilization encroaches things have to change, long cry from Indians fishing for food!ReplyDelete
I was a little girl when that happened, but I have a vague memory of being taken there to see this bit of history. I don't remember seeing the Indians fishing, just being taken there.ReplyDelete
What a moving series, and the CCRH (Center for Columbia River History) website is a real find--you have to enlarge the sepia photo from there to really appreciate its beauty.ReplyDelete