Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon"
Includes ... Fort Dalles ... The Dalles ... Fort Lee ... Fort Wascopam... Camp Drum ... Fort Dalles Museum ... Surgeon's Quarters ... National Register of Historical Places ...
Image, 2012, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Surgeons Quarters, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.


Fort Dalles ...
During the Cayuse War of 1847 to 1848, Major H.A.G. Lee, of the Provisional Government's Oregon Rifles, arrived in The Dalles. Lee built a stockade around the old mission buildings that became known as "Fort Lee" or "Fort Wascopam" In 1850, two rifle companies came from Fort Vancouver to establish a supply depot at the eastern end of the Barlow Road. Crude log buildings were constructed a short distance west of the old Wascopam mission and was called "Camp Drum". In 1853 the fort was redesignated as "Fort Dalles". In 1861, Fort Dalles was downgraded to a quartermaster's depot before being abandoned in 1867. Only the Surgeon's Quarters remains today, and currently houses the Fort Dalles Museum. In 1971 the Fort Dalles Surgeon's Quarters was added to the National Register of Historic Places (Event #71000682).

Early Fort Dalles ...

Penny Postcard, Fort Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Penny Postcard: Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon. Penny Postcard, Divided Back, "Old Fort Dalles, Oregon.". The Ezra Meeker Historical Post Cards for Schools, Libraries, The Home, and Collectors. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Fort Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Penny Postcard: Army Post near The Dalles, Oregon. Penny Postcard, Real Photo, Sepia, Divided Back (1907-1915), "Old U.S. Army Post near The Dalles, Oregon.". Postmarked January 30, 1910. Published by Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. & Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany. Card #70543. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


Fort Dalles, etc.

  • Fort Dalles Museum ...
  • Historic Vehicle Collection ...
  • Surgeon's Quarters ...


Fort Dalles Museum ...
The Fort Dalles Museum was established in 1905 and is the oldest historical museum in Oregon. The Museum houses an historic vehicle collection.


Historic Vehicle Collection ...
The Fort Dalles Museum houses an historic collection of over 30 antique wagons, carriages, and other vehicles, including The Dalles to Prineville stage coach/mail wagon, the Umatilla House omnibus and the Dalles Hotel omnibus, and a 1920s delivery wagon for Peoples Market.

Image, 2012, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Barn, Fort Dalles Historic Vehicle Collection, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.
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The Dalles to Prineville "N.P. Express" stage coach/mail wagon, and the 1870s Umatilla House omnibus, Fort Dalles Historic Vehicle Collection, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.
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1920s Peoples Market delivery wagon and Hotel Dalles 1910s omnibus, Fort Dalles Historic Vehicle Collection, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.


Surgeon's Quarters ...

"Fort Dalles.    The arrival of United States troops -- the Rifle Regiment -- late in the fall of 1849, resulted in the establishment of the military post at The Dalles. In the following May, the log Fort Dalles was built and occupied by Major Tucker. In 1858 Colonel George Wright in command of the 9th U.S. Infantry replaced the old log barracks with a fine new fort of which there remains only one building. This was the surgeon's quarters. It is now the property of the Oregon Historical Society. It serves the purpose of the local historical building, by which name it is known. The site of Fort Dalles overlooks the camp (near the O.W.R.N. & Co.'s Passenger Depot) of Lewis and Clark where the American flag in October 1805 was displayed for the first time in that part of Oregon."


Source:    Horner, 1919, "OREGON, Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature", Press of the Gazette-Times, Corvallis, Oregon;


Penny Postcard, Fort Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Penny Postcard: Army Post near The Dalles, Oregon. Penny Postcard, Real Photo, Sepia, Divided Back (1907-1915), "Old U.S. Army Post near The Dalles, Oregon.". Postmarked January 30, 1910. Published by Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. & Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany. Card #70543. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image, 2012, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Surgeons Quarters, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.
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Surgeons Quarters, Fort Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 29, 2012.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

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


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 25, 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:
  • Fort Dalles Museum website, 2012;
  • Horner, Professor J.B., 1919, "OREGON, Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature", Press of the Gazette-Times, Corvallis, Oregon;
  • National Register of Historic Places website, 2012;
  • Neale, Mike, picasaweb photo gallery website, 2012, Fort Dalles Museum;


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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