Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Bradley State Wayside, Oregon"
Includes ... Bradley State Wayside ... Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint ... Clatsop Crest ... Puget Island ...
Image, 2005, Cargo ship passing Puget Island, click to enlarge
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Cargo ship passing Puget Island, Washington. View from Bradley State Wayside, Clatsop Crest, Oregon. Image taken February 19, 2005.


Bradley State Wayside ...
The Bradley State Wayside (also called Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint), located on Nicolai Ridge at Oregon's Clatsop Crest, was one of the first parcels donated as park land to the Oregon Highway Commission in 1922. The park features a restroom, monument, and tremendous views of the Columbia River, Puget Island, and Wauna, Oregon. Bradley State Wayside is located on Oregon's U.S. Highway 30, twenty-two miles east of Astoria, Oregon. Bradley Wayside is located on Oregon Highway 30 at Milepost 79.9 and Columbia River Mile (RM) 40. Upstream is Wauna and Westport and downstream are Bradwood and Clifton.

Image, 2004, Bradley State Scenic Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bradley State Scenic Wayside, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2004.
Image, 2004, Bradley State Scenic Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bradley State Scenic Wayside, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2004.

This Park Donated
to Clatsop County by
FRED W. BRADLEY
and the Heirs of
ELEMAR E. BRADLEY
of Bay City, Michigan,
July,
MCMXXI


"Fog So Thick" ...
Lewis and Clark passed by this area on the Washington side of the Columbia River north of Puget Island.
"... A cloudy foggey morning Some rain.     we Set out early     proceeded under the Stard Shore under a high rugid hills with Steep assent the Shore boalt and rockey, the fog So thick we could not See across the river ..." [Clark, November 7, 1805]

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Image, 2005, fog from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Fog, from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. The Columbia River and Puget Island, Washington, are under the fog. The hills of Washington State are in the distance. Image taken April 19, 2005.


Bradley Park in 1922 ...
Bradley Park at Clatsop Crest

"Under agreement between the County Court of Clatsop County and the heirs of the Bradley Estate, a tract of twenty acres including the site known as Clatsop Crest is to be deeded to Clatsop County for park purposes, the consideration being the erection of a monument at the expense of the County to be approved by the donors of the property. The deed is understood to be in escrow pending fulfillment of the consideration, with the County Court having awarded a contract for the construction of the monument. It is expected that the park will be turned over to the State to be maintained and improved as a State park and, in anticipation of this action, filing has been made on the necessary water supply and a small amount of improvement work has been done in the way of construction of temporary comfort stations, et cetera.

This park will cover and protect for public use the most valuable point from a scenic aspect along the lower Columbia River Highway and its control by the State is, for that reason, especially desirable."


Source:    Oregon State Highway Commission Fifth Biennial Report, 1921-1922.


Bradley Wayside in 1965 ...
BRADLEY WAYSIDE

"Bradley Wayside is located on the lower Columbia River Highway about 22 miles east of Astoria at the summit of Clatsop Crest in Clatsop County.

This delightful area of 18.08 acres was first given to Clatsop County as a park by the heirs of the Bradley estate in 1921. By an agreement the Highway Commission obtained the area on March 25, 1922, but the deed giving title to the state was not signed until April 13, 1932. The Bradley heirs approved the deed subject to the same provisions as contained in the deed to Clatsop County.

Bradley Wayside is essentially a viewpoint overlooking the Columbia River and its Washington shore. It is covered with a good stand of fir timber and other indigenous species.

Developments are a car parking area, picnic area and a water system from a source some two miles to the west under permits #8454 and Q-748 from Kaiser Gypsum, Inc. Sanitary facilities and a caretaker's cottage were constructed in 1923.

A concessionaire was obtained who operated under a contract. Many extensions of the contract were made over a period of several years. This arrangement was never quite satisfactory neither financially nor from a park maintenance standpoint.

When the highway was reconstructed through Bradley Wayside, it was located south of the buildings. The moving of this road did not interfere with the viewpoint of this park nor did it affect the use of the picnic area. Instead, the provision of a good entrance road resulted in an increase of 15,000 visitors the following year.

The 1963 visitor count was 57,028."


Source:    Chester H. Armstrong (compiler), 1965, "History of the Oregon State Parks: 1917-1963, published by Oregon State Parks.


Views from Bradley State Wayside ...
From Bradley State Wayside good views of Puget Island and nearby Ryan Island can be seen, as well as Cape Horn (Wahkiakum County), Cathlamet, Washington, Wauna, Oregon, and the Clatskanie River "delta". On a clear day Mount Rainier can be seen on the skyline.

Image, 2005, Columbia River looking upstream from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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View upstream from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Puget Island and Coffee Pot Island, can be seen from Bradley State Wayside. Image taken April 19, 2005.
Image, 2005, view from Bradley State Scenic Wayside, Oregon, click to large
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Puget Island, Cathlamet Channel, Cathlamet Bridge, from Bradley State Wayside. Mount Rainier is in the distance, right. Image taken April 19, 2005.
Image, 2005, Wauna, Oregon, as seen from Bradley State Wayside, click to large
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Wauna, Oregon, as seen from Bradley State Wayside. Image taken April 19, 2005.
Image, 2004, Columbia River looking upstream from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Columbia River, view upstream from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2004.
Image, 2004, Puget Island from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Puget Island as seen from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2004.
Image, 2004, Puget Island and Coffee Pot Island from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Coffee Pot Island, as seen from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Puget Island and Coffee Pot Island. Image taken November 20, 2004.
Image, 2004, Puget Island, Cape Horn, and the Clastskanie Floodplain, from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Puget Island, Cape Horn (Wahkiakum), and the Clatskanie River/Beaver Slough Floodplain, as seen from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Puget Island (middleground), Cape Horn of Wahkiakum County (left), and the Clatskanie floodplain, Oregon (distance),as seen from Bradley State Wayside. Coffee Pot Island is in the lower right. Image taken November 20, 2004.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 25, 1806 ...


Lewis, March 25, 1806 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:
  • Armstrong, C.H., (compiler), 1965, "History of the Oregon State Parks: 1917-1963, published by Oregon State Parks;
  • Hay, K.G., 2004, The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail, Timber Press, Portland;
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation website, 2004;   


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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