Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
Fales Landing, Vancouver, Washington"
Includes ... Fales Landing ... Fales Lake ...
Image, 2006, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Hathaway Lake ("Fales Lake", "Rest Lake"), Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington. Image taken, November 25, 2006.

Today's Hathaway Lake ("Rest Lake") was once known as "Fales Lake".

Fales Landing, Washington ...
Fales Landing is an old landing site located along the Washington shore of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 94, across the river from and slightly downstream of Willow Point, Sauvie Island, Oregon. To the east of the Fales Landing location is Campbell Lake, now a part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. South (upstream) of Fales Landing is Knapp Point and Knapp Landing. Also upstream is Post Office Lake, the location of Lewis and Clark's campsite of November 4, 1805.

Fales Landing (and at one time Hathaway/Rest Lake) was named after David Fales, a pioneer who arrived in Clark County in 1854 and took up a Donation Land Claim (DLC).

Early Fales Landing ...
"Fales Landing ... David R. Fales, who had a land claim just south of what is today the Ridgefield Wildlife Preserve, was born in Maine in 1807 and worked as a river boatman in the east. He started the journey west at the age of 45, arriving in The Dalles in 1852. Everything that he owned, through bad weather and theft, was lost to him. He came onto the claim in Clark County in 1854, put his family in an old pole house there, and set to work. He built a house on the bluff sturdy enough to be used as a refuge during the Indian Wars of 1855-56. He was elected to the Territorial council in 1858 and lived out the rest of his life as an honored and beloved member of the community. He died on the 4th of July 1885.

Source:    "Columbian.com" website, 2011.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2011) lists David R. Fales and Sarah Ann Fales being granted title to 320.42 acres of T3N R1E, Section 6, and T3N R1W, Section 1, on December 22, 1865 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act). David R. Fales also aquired titles to land in 1866, 1867, 1871, and 1872.

Early Maps ...

Image, 1888, Rest Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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1888 Map detail, "Map of Clarke County" by R.A. Habersham, showing "Fales Lake". Today's "Hathaway/Rest Lake", Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, Washington. Original Map courtesy U.S. Library of Congress Archives, downloaded 2017.
Map, 1888, Ridgefield NWR area, Washington, click to enlarge
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1888 Map detail showing the Ridgefield NWR area, Washington. Includes Bachelor I. Pt., Hathaway Lake ("Rest Lake"), Campbell's Lake, and Fales Landing. Original map, "Columbia River, Kalama to Fales Landing, Sheet #5", 1/40,000, courtesy NOAA website, 2006.

Fales Landing, etc.

  • Fales Lake ...
  • Fales Landing in 1881 ...
  • Fales Landing in 1906 ...
  • Fales Landing Post Light ...
  • Fales Landing Post Light, 1907 ...
  • Fales Ranch in 1913 ...

Fales Lake ...
Robert A. Habersham's 1888 Clark County map (courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress) has today's Hathaway/Rest Lake labeled "Fales Lake". This lake is located on the River "S" Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Fales Landing in 1881 ...
"Fale's Landing" was found mentioned in "The Daily Astorian" on January 18, 1881.

"The pontoon of Knott Bros. washed from the foot of Stark street, is moored just below Willow bar near Fale's landing on the Washington territory side." 2016]

Fales Landing in 1906 ...
San Francisco Liner Cuts Log Boom in Twain in River.

"ASTORIA. Or., Feb.1 -- (Special.) -- The steamer Columbia which was due here from Portland at an early hour this morning, was delayed by the heavy fog and did not arrive until 4 o'clock this afternoon. When rounding the bend at Swan Island about 9:30 last evening the Columbia met a log raft in tow. Pilot Snow says it was a case of either running the Columbia ashore or striking the raft, so he headed for the raft.

The collision broke the boom sticks and sent many of the logs adrift, but the steamer was not injured. On arriving at Fales Landing about 11 o'clock the fog was so thick that the Columbia was anchored and remained there until 11 o'clock this morning before getting under way again."

Source:    "Morning Oregonian", February 2, 1906, Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016.

Fales Landing Post Light ...
According to the 1899 "Lights and Fog Signals of the United States" (1899, Government Printing Office) the Fales Landing Post Light was a fixed white light suspended from an arm on a stake at Fales Landing, Washington, on the easterly side of the river. The light was established in 1898.

Fales Landing Post Light, 1907 ...
Notice to Mariners.

"The following affects the List of Lights and Fog Signals, Pacific Coast, 1907:

Washington -- Fales Landing Light, page 36, No.152 (List of Lights, Buoys and Daymarks, Pacirif Coast, 1907, page 66): Located close to the bank on the easterly side of the Columbia River, and in the county road at Fales Landing.

November 9 this fixed white post-lantern light was moved about 400 feet southeast by south of its former position, without other change."

Source:    "Morning Oregonian", November 18, 1907, Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016.

Fales Ranch in 1913 ...
Fales Property Taken Over by M. Ritter for $39,000.

"VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug. 6. -- (Special.) -- The ranch comprising more than 700 acres, known as the Fales property and belonging to Mrs. Virginia Fales, was sold by her agent, P.M. Elwell, today to M. Ritter, of Portland, for $39,000.

The new owner will at once improve the property, stock it with fine cattle and establish a large dairy. The ranch adjoins the Bellinger ranch, which recently sold for $40,000. The original owner, David R. Fales, willed the place to his son, Francis M. Fales, in 1885. The son died in 1901, leaving the land to his widow, Virginia Fales. R.M. Davis has had the land leased for several years."

Source:    "Morning Oregonian", August 7, 1913, Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 5, 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

  • "Columbian.com" website, 2011, "Names in Clark County";
  • Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2011;
  • U.S. Library of Congress, 2009;

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.
December 2011