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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Mural ... Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon"
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Image, 2010, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken October 18, 2010.


Bridge of the Gods ...
On the south support structure of the Bridge of the Gods is a wonderful large mural showing the legend, local wildlife, and historical events of the Bonneville Landslide and the Cascade Rapids, the Cascade Locks, and the Bridge of the Gods area. The mural was completed in May 2002. The artist was Larry Kangas.

Mural ...

Image, 2005, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Mural, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks. Image taken May 13, 2005.
Image, 2005, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Mural, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks. Image taken May 13, 2005.


The Legend ...
Various versions of the "Bridge of the Gods" legend exist, all with a common theme of volcanoes and a land bridge. The most common version given has it that the sons of Old Coyote, Wy’east (Mount Hood) and Pahto (Mount Adams), were powerful braves both in love with a maiden (Mount St. Helens). Because they crossed the “Bridge of the Gods” to fight over their love for her, Old Coyote collapsed the land bridge to keep his sons from fighting.
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Mural Details ...

Image, 2010, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Legend, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken October 18, 2010.
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Eagle, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken October 18, 2010.
Image, 2005, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Wolf (with bear), South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks. Image taken May 13, 2005.
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Bear and Cougar, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken October 18, 2010.
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Bigfoot, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Image taken October 18, 2010.
Image, 2005, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Lewis and Clark, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks. Image taken May 13, 2005.
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Oregon Pony, South Support, Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks. Image taken May 13, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 1, 1805 ...
A verry Cool morning wind hard from the N. E. [Lewis and Clark's camp of October 31, 1805, was across from Cascade Locks, on an island off the Washington shore near Ashes Lake, now under the waters of the Bonneville Reservoir.] The Indians who arrived last evining took their Canoes on ther Sholders and Carried them below the Great Shute ["Lower Falls of the Columbia", the "Cascade Rapids"], we Set about takeing our Small Canoe and all the baggage by land 940 yards of bad Slippery and rockey way [this rocky location later became the location of the Bridge of the Gods]     The Indians we discoverd took ther loading the whole length of the portage 2½ miles, to avoid a Second Shute [Lower Cascades, by Bonneville Dam] which appears verry bad to pass, and thro' which they passed with their empty canoes. Great numbers of Sea Otters [Harbor Seals], they are So cautious that I with dificuelty got a Shot at one to day, which I must have killed, but could not get him as he Sunk

we got all our baggage over the Portage of 940 yards, after which we got the 4 large Canoes over by Slipping them over the rocks on poles placed across from one rock to another, and at Some places along partial Streams of the river. in passing those canoes over the rocks &c. three of them recived injuries which obliged us to delay to have them repared. [the lower end of the portage at Fort Rains] ...





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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:    see Bridge of the Gods for sources;   

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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