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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, and Post Office Lake, the location of Lewis and Clark's campsite of November 4, 1805.

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.

Fales Lake ...
The Clark County Plat map of 1888, found on "Rootsweb.com", has today's Rest Lake, located on the River "S" Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, labeled as "Fales Lake".

Early Fales Landing ...
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records website (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.

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." ["The Daily Astorian", January 18, 1881, Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016]

Fales Lake/Fales Landing in 1888 ...

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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Map detail, 1888, 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 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 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.

Fales Landing, etc.

  • Fales Landing Post Light ...
  • Fales Landing Post Light, 1907 ...

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.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 5, 1805 ...
Rained all the after part of last night, rain continues this morning, I [s]lept but verry little last night [Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge] for the noise Kept dureing the whole of the night by the Swans, Geese, white & Grey Brant Ducks &c. on a Small Sand Island [one of the islands of the Ridgefield Refuge] close under the Lard. Side; they were emensely noumerous, and their noise horid- we Set out <at about Sun rise> early here the river is not more than 3/4 of a mile in width, passed a Small Prarie on the Stard. Side [quite possibly the location of today's Campbell Lake] passed 2 houses about 1/2 a mile from each other on the Lard. Side a Canoe came from the upper house, with 3 men in its mearly to view us, passed an Isld. Covered with tall trees & green briers [Bachelor Island] Seperated from the Stard. Shore by a narrow Chanel at 9 [8?] miles [Lake River or Bachelor Island Slough]    I observed on the Chanel [Lake River or Bachelor Island Slough] which passes on the Stard Side of this Island [Bachelor Island] a Short distance above its lower point is Situated a large village [Cathlapotle Village, near where Lewis and Clark camped on March 29, 1806, a place now known as Wapato Portage], the front of which occupies nearly 1/4 of a mile fronting the Chanel, and closely Connected, I counted 14 houses in front here the river widens to about 1 1/2 miles. ...    about 1 1/2 miles below this village on the Lard Side behind a rockey Sharp point [Warrior Point, Sauvie Island], we passed a Chanel 1/4 of a mile wide [Multnomah Channel] which I take to be the one the Indian Canoe entered yesterday from the lower point of Immage Canoe Island [Hayden Island, at this point Lewis and Clark had not discovered Hayden Island and Sauvie Island were two separate islands]     a Some low clifts of rocks below this Chanel [St. Helens, Oregon], a large Island Close under the Stard Side opposit [Lewis River floodplain, home of Woodland, Washington, possibly more of an "island" in 1805 ???], and 2 Small Islands, below [today's Burke and Martin Islands], here we met 2 canoes from below,- below those Islands a range of high hills form the Stard. Bank of the river [Martin Bluff], the Shore bold and rockey, Covered with a thick groth of Pine     an extensive low Island [Deer Island], Seperated from the Lard side by a narrow Chanel, on this Island [Deer Island] we Stoped to Dine I walked out found it open & covered with <Small> grass interspersed with Small ponds, in which was great numbr. of foul, the remains of an old village on the lower part of this Island, I saw Several deer ...     below the lower point of this Island [Deer Island] a range of high hills which runs S. E. forms the Lard. bank of the river the Shores bold and rockey & hills Covered with pine, [Lewis and Clark are passing Goble, Oregon, and the area around the Trojan Nuclear Power Facility     The high hills leave the river on the Stard. Side a high bottom between the hill & river [Kalama, Washington]. We met 4 Canoes of Indians from below, in which there is 26 Indians, one of those Canoes is large, and ornimented with Images on the bow & Stern. That in the Bow the likeness of a Bear, and in Stern the picture of a man- we landed on the Lard. Side & camped [near Prescott Beach, Oregon] a little below the mouth of a creek [Kalama River] on the Stard. Side a little below the mouth of which is an Old Village which is now abandaned-;     here the river is about one and a half miles wide. and deep, The high Hills which run in a N W. & S E. derection form both banks of the river the Shore boald and rockey, the hills rise gradually & are Covered with a thick groth of pine &c. The valley [Columbian Valley] which is from above the mouth of Quick Sand River [Sandy River] to this place may be computed at 60 miles wide on a Derect line, & extends a great Distanc to the right & left rich thickly Covered with tall timber, with a fiew Small Praries bordering on the river and on the Islands; Some fiew Standing Ponds & Several Small Streams of running water on either Side of the river; This is certainly a fertill and a handsom valley, at this time Crouded with Indians. The day proved Cloudy with rain the greater part of it, we are all wet cold and disagreeable- I saw but little appearance of frost in this valley which we call <Wap-pa-too Columbia> from the root or plants growing Spontaniously in this valley only ...     We made 32 miles to day by estimation-

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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";
  • "Morning Oregonian", February 2, 1906, Historic Oregon Newspaper Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016;
  • "Rootsweb.com" website, 2006;

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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