Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Eighteenmile Island"
Includes ... Eighteenmile Island ... "Chicken Charlie's Island" ...
Image, 2005, Eighteenmile Island, click to enlarge
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Eighteenmile Island, Oregon. View from trail to the Mosier Twin Tunnels, Oregon. Image taken September 18, 2005.


Eighteenmile Island ...
Eighteenmile Island borders the Oregon side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 174, just downstream of Mosier, Oregon and four miles upstream of Hood River. The Dalles, Oregon, is located 16 miles upstream and The Dalles Dam, once the location of the Long and Short Narrows of The Dalles, is located 18 miles upstream. The 9-acre island can be nicely viewed from Interstate 84 which runs parallel to the Columbia River on the Oregon side. The island can also be viewed from the eastern section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, which has it's trailhead west of Mosier. The basalts of Bingen Gap are a backdrop for the island. There is a navigational light located on a small rocky "island" off the downstream tip of Eighteenmile Island.

Early Eighteenmile Island ...
Eighteenmile Island was often called "Chicken Charlie's Island" by local residents.
"Eighteen Mile Island, west of Mosier, was often called "Chicken Island" or "Chicken Charlie's Island" (or Chick Charley Island) by local residents. Charles Reither lived on Eighteen Mile Island from 1915 up until his death in 1963. Chicken Island is in reference to a chicken ranch around 1904, but Willie Gholston claims there were never chickens on the island." ["a2zgorge.info" website, 2005]

The 1919 cadastral survey (tax survey) for T2N R11E Section 3 shows "G.W. Reither" living on "18 Mile Island".

The U.S. Bureau of Land Managements' General Land Office Records has George W. Reither being granted title to 9.75 acres of T2N R11E Section 3, on August 16, 1922 (Homestead Entry Original of 1862).

The 1934 USGS 1:125,000 topo map "The Dalles" has the island labeled as "Eighteenmile I.", and the 1946 NOAA Chart "Columbia River Bonneville to The Dalles" has the island labeled "Eighteenmile I.".


Views ...

Image, 2005, Eighteenmile Island, click to enlarge
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Eighteenmile Island, Oregon. Basalts of the Bingen Gap are in the background. View from off of Interstate 84, Oregon. Image taken August 27, 2005.
Image, 2005, Eighteenmile Island, click to enlarge
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Light west of Eighteenmile Island, Oregon. Basalts of the Bingen Gap are in the background. View from off of Interstate 84, Oregon. Image taken August 27, 2005.
Image, 2005, Eighteenmile Island, click to enlarge
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Eighteenmile Island, Oregon. View from Mosier Twin Tunnels, Oregon. Image taken September 18, 2005.
Image, 2005, Eighteenmile Island, click to enlarge
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Eighteenmile Island, Oregon. View from Mosier Twin Tunnels, Oregon. Image taken September 18, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 29, 1805, first draft ...




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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:
  • "a2zgorge.info" website, 2005;
  • NOAA Office of Coast Survey website, 2005;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2007;


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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