Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint (Chanticleer Point), Oregon"
Includes ... Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint ... Chanticleer Point ... Chanticleer Inn ...
Image, 2006, Crown Point and Chanticleer Point, click to enlarge
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Crown Point (left) and Chanticleer Point (right). View from Tunnel Point Viewpoint, Interstate 84, Oregon. Image taken September 23, 2006.


Chanticleer Point ...
Once called "Chanticleer Point" and the home of a world-famous "Chanticleer Inn" (see more below), the location now is known as the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Chanticleer Point is located on the Oregon side of the Columbia at Columbia River Mile (RM) 127.5. Upstream is Crown Point, Vista House, and Rooster Rock, and the historic View Point Inn. Downstream is Tunnel Point and Corbett Station, once a railroad stop on the Columbia below the community of Corbett. Directly across the Columbia on the Washington shore is Point Vancouver and the Steigerwald Lake NWR.

Chanticleer Point Geology ...
The Historic Columbia River Highway at Chanticleer Point/Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint runs along the headscarp of the Rooster Rock landslide. The continuous road exposures between Chanticleer Point and Crown Point are predominantly Troutdale formation.

Historic Columbia River Highway ...
Once called "Chanticleer Point" and the home of a world-famous Inn, the location now is known as the Portland Woman's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. This spot offers spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge and Crown Point and Vista House.

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Advertisement, Chanticleer Inn, 1919
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Advertisement: Chanticleer Inn, 1919.
Source: "The Automobile Blue Book", 1919, vol.9.


Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint ...
When the Chanticleer Inn burned down in 1930 the property was purchased by the Portland Women's Forum and donated to the Oregon State Parks amd Recreation Department.

Portland Women's Forum State Park in 1965 ...
PORTLAND WOMEN'S FORUM STATE PARK

Portland Women's Forum State Park is located at Chanticleer Point, on the north side of Scenic Columbia River Highway, approximately 22 miles east of Portland and one mile west of the Vista House at Crown Point in Multnomah County.

The 3.71-acre tract was a gift from the Portland Women's Forum by deed dated October 19, 1962. Preservation of the viewpoint at the west entrance of the Columbia River Gorge was the motive.

This property is the site of the old Chanticleer Inn which many years ago was located at a vantage point overlooking the great Columbia River, its magnificent canyon and the beautiful, green timbered mountains far to the north. The Inn was destroyed by fire nearly 40 years ago.

As a condition of the gift, the Forum requested that the area be named Portland Women's Forum State Park, and the Commission approved. On the level ground near the car parking area, the Forum installed a memorial with arrows pointing to various landmarks and a bronze plaque inscribed with names of life members of the organization. The remainder of the land is a sloping hillside, covered with low-growing brush indigenous to the area. An old roadway is used as a car parking area.

At the entrance to this park another monument has been placed to the memory of Samuel Hill, through whose efforts and influence the first road through the Gorge was constructed.

No count of the visitors to the area has been made."


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


Views ...

Image, 2009, View Point Inn, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Chanticleer Point as seen from the View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.
Image, 2006, Chanticleer Point, click to enlarge
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Chanticleer Point, now the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, with the Samuel Hill Memorial Rock. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2004, Crown Point from Portland Woman's Forum Scenic View, click to enlarge
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View from Chanticleer Point, now the Portland's Woman Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken October 11, 2004.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint Sign, click to enlarge
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Parking, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, click to enlarge
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Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint (Chanticleer Point). View of the Columbia River and Vista House, located on Crown Point. Image taken September 23, 2006.


Chanticleer Point, etc.

  • Chanticleer Inn ...
  • Chanticleer Point Monument Marker ...
  • Crown Point and Vista House ...
  • Rain Shower ...
  • Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road ...
  • Samuel Hill Memorial ...


Chanticleer Inn ...
The Chanticleer Inn was built in 1912 before the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Access to the Inn was by train to the Depot at Rooster Rock, or by boat up the Columbia River to the dock, and then climbing steep stairs or taking a horse-drawn coach up a windy road (later a motorized coach). In 1915 when the Highway opened, access became easier and the Inn prospered. Chanticleer Inn burned down October 8, 1930. The site was later purchased by the Portland Women's Forum and donated to the Oregon State Parks amd Recreation Department.
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Penny Postcard, Chanticleer Inn
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Penny Postcard: Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Highway, Oregon.
Penny Postcard, Real Photo, White Border, Divided Back (1915-1930), "Chanticleer Inn, Columbia Highway, Ore." Card No.647. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Year given as 1916 on "PDXHistory.com" website, with the comment "the back porch was enlarged and enclosed".
Penny Postcard, Chanticleer Inn
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Penny Postcard: Crown Point from Chanticleer Inn, Columbia River Highway, Oregon.
Penny Postcard, Real Photo, Divided Back (1915-1930), "Crown Point from "Chanticleer", Columbia Highway, Ore." Copyright Cross & Dimmitt. Card #268. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image is pre-Vista House (built in 1916).
Penny Postcard, Chanticleer Inn
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Penny Postcard: Chanticleer Inn as seen from the west, Columbia River Highway, Oregon.
Penny Postcard, Real Photo, Divided Back. Chanticleer Inn Menu printed on the back. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Columbia River from Chanticleer
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Penny Postcard: Columbia River Gorge as seen from the Columbia River Highway at Chanticleer, Oregon.
Penny Postcard, Real Photo, Divided Back, most likely a reprint, "First View of Columbia River Gorge from the Highway at Chanticleer, Oregon, (showing one of the salmon canneries.)". Card No.55. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Looking at Cape Horn (Washington) with Rooster Rock Cannery, lower left, and Crown Point, upper right.


Chanticleer Point Monument Marker ...
"Chanticleer Point, Portland Women's Forum, Dedicated to the Preservation of the Natural Beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, May 19, 1960."

Image, 2014, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, click to enlarge
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Monument, Chanticleer Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken July 7, 2014.
Image, 2008, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint Sign, click to enlarge
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Monument, Chanticleer Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken July 27, 2008.


Crown Point and Vista House ...

Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, click to enlarge
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View upstream from the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. View of Crown Point and Vista House, with Skamania Island, Beacon Rock, and the Bonneville Dam complex in the background. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2005, Crown Point from Portland Woman's Forum Scenic View, click to enlarge
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Crown Point and Vista House. View from Portland's Woman Forum Scenic View (formerly Chanticleer Point). Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2013, Crown Point from Portland Woman's Forum Scenic View, click to enlarge
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Crown Point and Vista House from Chanticleer Point. View from Portland's Woman Forum Scenic View (formerly Chanticleer Point). Image taken March 3, 2013.
Image, 2006, Vista House from Chanticleer Point, click to enlarge
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Vista House from Chanticleer Point. Bonneville Dam complex is visible in the background. Image taken September 23, 2006.


Rain Shower ...

Image, 2009, View from Chanticleer Point click to enlarge
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Columbia Gorge rain shower, Crown Point as seen from Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken March 22, 2009.


Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road ...
The Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road (also known as the "Rooster Rock Wagon Road") started at rail station near the Rooster Rock Cannery and wound it's way up the basalt cliffs to the Chanticleer Inn at Chanticleer Point, today the location of the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint.
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Image, 2014, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, click to enlarge
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Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon. View of Road less than 0.1 mile from trailhead at Chanticleer Point, with Vista House and Devil's Rest in the distance. Image taken July 7, 2014.
Image, 2014, Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, click to enlarge
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Rooster Rock to Chanticleer Road, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon. View of Road approximately 0.13 miles from trailhead at Chanticleer Point, with Vista House and Devil's Rest in the distance. Image taken July 7, 2014.


Samuel Hill Memorial ...
The large 50-ton basalt boulder at the entrance to the Portland Womens' Forum Scenic Viewpoint was erected in the 1930s as a tribute to entrepreneur Samuel Hill, an early promotor of the Historic Columbia River Highway. (Hill also built the Maryhill Museum, originally a home for his daughter, and the Stonehenge Memorial as a tribute to War Veterans from Klickitat, Washington.) A bronze profile of Hill and four large bronze bas-relief plaques circle the rock. The plaques were the work of sculptor Alonzo Victor Lewis. Three of the plaques depict Columbia Gorge history and the fourth was dedicated to Hill. The basalt boulder was quarried at the Rocky Butte Quarry located downstream.

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Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum, Bronze, Sam Hill, Road Builder, click to enlarge
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"Samuel Hill, Road Builder", Bronze, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum, Bronze, Columbia Navigation, click to enlarge
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"Columbia River Navigation", Bronze, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum, Bronze, Columbia Navigation, click to enlarge
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Detail, "Columbia River Navigation", Bronze, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum, Bronze, Lewis and Clark, click to enlarge
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"Lewis and Clark Arrive Columbia River", Bronze, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum, Bronze, Lewis and Clark, click to enlarge
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Detail, "Lewis and Clark Arrive Columbia River", Bronze, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum, Bronze, Aboriginal's Paradise, click to enlarge
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Detail, "Aboriginal's Paradise", Bronze, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

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


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 3, 1805 ...




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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:
  • American ByWays website, 2006;
  • Armstrong, C.H., (compiler), 1965, "History of the Oregon State Parks: 1917-1963", published by Oregon State Parks;
  • Evarts, R.C., Conrey, R.M., Fleck, R.J., and Hagstrum, J.T., 2009, "The Boring Volcanic Field of Portland-Vancouver area, Oregon and Washington: Tectonically anomalous forearc volcanism in an urban setting": IN: The Geological Society of America Field Guide 15;
  • Oregon State Police report, 2006, with information from the Oregon State Department of Transportation website, September 6, 2006;
  • "PDXHistory.com" website, 2006;
  • University of Oregon Libraries Columbia River Basin Digital Collection, 2013, "Official Columbia Highway Tour", 1916, Published by The Scenic Tours Company, Portland, Oregon;


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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