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Image, 2011, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, click to enlarge
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Exhibit, Poster of the "Bailey Gatzert", sternwheeler on the Columbia. Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson, Washington. Image taken July 15, 2011.


Bailey Gatzert ...
While built in 1890, it wasn't until 1892 that the steamer "Bailey Gatzert" arrived on the Columbia River. The "Bailey Gatzert" was the first steamer built to carry passengers, as previous steamers going up and down the Columbia River Gorge area were primarily built for carrying freight. During the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition, the "Bailey Gatzert" made twice-daily runs from Portland to Cascade Locks. A model of the "Bailey Gatzert", plus her name board, whistle, and pilot wheel can be seen at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center museum in Stevenson, Washington.

"... While many wood-fueled steamers operated on the Columbia River between the 1850s and the early 20th century, the "Bailey Gatzert" was one of the most famous. It was known for its speed, elegance, and long service on passenger routes between Portland and Astoria, the lower Cascades, and The Dalles. While earlier steamers had transported cargo between Portland and the upper Columbia River Basin, that traffic was dominated by railroads in the 1880s. In 1890, John Holland’s shipyard in Seattle built the "Bailey Gatzert" for the Seattle Steam and Navigation Company (SSNC). In 1891, Captain U.B. Scott’s Columbia Transportation Company merged with the SSNC, creating the Columbia River and Puget Sound Navigation Company. Scott was the president of the company, which was later known as the White Collar Line. The "Bailey Gatzert", named after a Seattle mayor, was moved to the Columbia River in 1892, where it operated for many years. The steamer was one of the fastest on the river at a time when captains would race to pass each other on daily routes. The Bailey Gatzert March, a piano melody written by Decker and Velguth to commemorate the boat, was featured during the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition and Oriental Fair in Portland. During the fair, the steamer ferried tourists twice a day on roundtrips to the Cascade Canal and Locks. The "Bailey Gatzert" was rebuilt in 1907, and in 1917 it returned to Seattle to operate as a car and passenger ferry. In 1926, it became a floating machine shop on Seattle’s Lake Union. ..."


Source:    The Oregon History Project website, 2009.

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Penny Postcard, Bailey Gatzert
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Penny Postcard: Steamer "Bailey Gatzert" on excursion trip up the Columbia River. Penny Postcard, Divided Back (1907-1915), "Steamer Bailey Gatzert on excursion trip up Columbia River. landing near Collins Hot Springs. Washington.". Published by Louis Scheiner, Portland, Oregon. Made in U.S.A. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Bailey Gatzert
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Penny Postcard: Steamer "Bailey Gatzert" entering the Cascade Locks, Oregon. Penny Postcard, Divided Back (1907-1915), "Steamer Bailey Gatzert entering the Locks of the Cascades". Back: "On the Road of a Thousand Wonders". Published by M. Rieder, Los Angeles, Card #3941. Made in Germany. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Bailey Gatzert
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Penny Postcard: Steamer "Bailey Gatzert" at Hood River, Oregon. Penny Postcard, Divided Back (1907-1915), "Steamer Landing, Hood River, Oregon.". Postmarked August 14, 1911. Published by Edward H. Mitchell, San Francisco, Ca. Card #1514. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Bailey Gatzert, Cape Horn
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Penny Postcard: Steamer "Bailey Gatzert" at Cape Horn, Washington. Penny Postcard, Divided Back (1907-1915), "Palisades on the Columbia River.". Published by The J.K. Gill Co., Portland, Ore. Made in Germany. Card No.3952. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image, 2011, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, click to enlarge
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Exhibit, Name board of the "Bailey Gatzert", sternwheeler on the Columbia. Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson, Washington. Image taken July 15, 2011.
Image, 2011, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, click to enlarge
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Exhibit, Model of the "Bailey Gatzert", sternwheeler on the Columbia. The "Bailey Gatzert's" pilot wheel can be seen in the background. Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson, Washington. Image taken July 15, 2011.
Image, 2011, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, click to enlarge
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Exhibit, Poster of the "Bailey Gatzert", sternwheeler on the Columbia. Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson, Washington. Image taken July 15, 2011.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards", with the "Penny Postcard" being a popular way to send greetings to family and friends. Today the Penny Postcard has become a snapshot of history.


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All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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