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"Germany Creek, Washington"
Includes ... Germany Creek ... "Nequally Creek" ...
Image, 2005, Germany Creek near mouth, click to enlarge
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Germany Creek, Washington, upstream of mouth. Image taken July 28, 2005.

Germany Creek ...
Germany Creek is located on the Washington side of the Columbia at River Mile (RM) 56. The samll community of Stella is located at its mouth. Upstream is Fall Creek, Coal Creek, and the Willow Grove area. Downstream is Abernethy Creek and Mill Creek. Germany Creek skirts the eastern edge of Bunker Hill.

Early Germany Creek ...
The mouth of Germany Creek is located in T8N R4W, Section 12. The 1885 cadastral survey (tax survey) shows this to be on the Donation Land Claim of John Guizendorfer (Guisendorfer). The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office Records (GLO) database (2016) shows John Guisendorfer being granted title to 323.27 acres of T8N R4W, parts of Sections 11 and 12, on December 22, 1865 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).

Name Chronology ...
The 1858 Cadastral Survey (tax survey) for T8N R4W had today's Mill Creek named "North Fork of Abernethy's Mill Creek" and "South Fork of Abernethy's Mill Creek", while today's Abernethy Creek was depicted but not named. Today's Germany Creek, upstream of today's Abernethy Creek, was labeled "Nequally Creek".

The 1878 U.S. Coast Survey's Chart No.6142, "Columbia River, Sheet No.3", had today's Mill Creek labeled "Negisticook Cr." and today's Abernethy Creek labeled "Nequally Cr.". Germany Creek was depicted but not named. A "Light (White)" was located at the location of today's Stella.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) website (2006), early names for Germany Creek were "Nequally Creek", "German Creek" and "Germany Creek".

  • 1902, "Nequally Creek", Map of Washington showing Classification of Land by G.F. Plummer.
  • 1908, "Germany Creek", Post Route Map of Washington.
  • 1911, "Nequally Creek", Soil Map of Southwest Washington by U.S. Bureau of Soils.
  • 1912, "German Creek", Channel Maps of the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Locks by the National Colortype Co..
  • 1912, "Nequally Creek", Columbia River through the Cascade Mountains, to the Pacific Ocean by O.R.R. & N. Co.
  • 1918, "Nequally Creek", Heald's New Authentic Classified Road Map of Washington.
  • 1918, "German Creek", Bulletin 17, Washington Geological Survey, Geographic Dictionary of Washington.
  • 1918, "German Creek", Map issued by the Bureau of Statistics & Immigration of the State of Washington.
  • 1919, "Germany Creek", Corps of Engineers Tactical Map, Magyer Quad., Washington.
  • 1925, 1927, 1929, and 1935, "Germany Creek", various maps.
  • 1937, "Germany Creek" or "Nequally Creek", Local usage according to the Cowlitz County Engineer.

In 1937 the U.S. Board of Geographic Names made official "Germany Creek".

Views ...

Image, 2007, Germany Creek near mouth, click to enlarge
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Germany Creek, Washington. Germany Creek near mouth, view from moving car from Washington State Highway 4. Image taken January 28, 2007.
Image, 2012, Germany Creek near mouth, click to enlarge
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Germany Creek, Washington. Germany Creek near mouth. Image taken August 9, 2012.
Image, 2005, Germany Creek near mouth, click to enlarge
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Germany Creek, Washington, at mouth. Looking upstream along the Columbia River. The mouth of Germany Creek is in the foreground. Willow Grove is in the background. Image taken July 28, 2005.
Image, 2011, Germany Creek, click to enlarge
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Germany Creek at mouth, Washington. View from moving car on Washington State Highway 4. Image taken August 7, 2011.

View from Germany Creek ...
A nice view of the Columbia River, Walker Island, and the bluff of Green Point can be had from the mouth of Germany Creek. On the night of March 26, 1806, Lewis and Clark passed the Germany Creek area and camped on Walker Island.

Image, 2005, Walker Island and Green Point, Oreogn, click to enlarge
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Walker Island and Green Point, Oregon. View from Washington State Highway 4, at the mouth of Germany Creek. Mount Hood, Oregon, can just be seen on the horizon. Image taken July 28, 2005.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 6, 1805 ...
A cool wet raney morning we Set out [from their camp at Prescott Beach] early at 4 miles pass 2 Lodges of Indians in a Small bottom on the Lard Side I believe those Indians to be travelers. opposit is <the head of a long narrow Island close under the Starboard Side [Cottonwood Island], back of this Island two Creeks fall in about 6 miles apart,> [Cowlitz River delta, Longview, Washington. Today the "two Creeks" are the Cowlitz River and Coal Creek Slough.] and appear to head in the high hilley countrey to the N. E. opposit <this long Island is 2 others one Small and about the middle of the river> the other larger and nearly opposit its lower point [today the location of Walker Island and Lord Island complex], and opposit a high clift of Black rocks [Green Point, location of Mayger, Oregon] on the Lard. Side at 14 miles; ...     here the hills leave the river on the Lard. Side, a butifull open and extensive bottom [Clatskanie River delta] in which there is an old Village, one also on the Stard. Side a little above both of which are abandened by all their inhabitents except Two Small dogs nearly Starved, and an unreasonable portion of flees— The Hills and mountains are covered with Sever kinds of Pine— ...     Some willow on the waters edge,   passed an Island 3 miles long and one mile wide [Crims Island ... Crims Island is separated from the Oregon shore by the Bradbury Slough.], <one> close under the Stard. Side below the <long narrow Island> below which the Stard Hills are verry from the river bank and Continues high and rugid on that Side all day, ... [Lewis and Clark pass, but do not mention today's Germany Creek, Abernethy Creek, and Mill Creek]     we came too to Dine on the long narrow Island [Crims Island] found the woods So thick with under groth that the hunters could not get any distance into the Isld. ...     river about one mile wide hills high and Steep on the Std. [cliffs of Oak Point] no place for several Miles suffcently large and leavil for our camp we at length Landed at a place [Eagle Cliff and Cape Horn, Wahkiakum County] which by moveing the Stones we made a place Sufficently large for the party to lie leavil on the Smaller Stones Clear of the Tide     Cloudy with rain all day we are all wet and disagreeable, had large fires made on the Stone and dried our bedding and Kill the flees, which collected in our blankets at every old village we encamped near     I had like to have forgotten a verry remarkable Knob [Mount Coffin, Longview, Washington, now destroyed] riseing from the edge of the water to about 80 feet high, and about 200 paces around at its Base and Situated <on the long narrow Island> [Longview, Washington area, the Cowlitz River delta] above and nearly opposit to the 2 Lodges we passed to day, it is Some distance from the high land & in a low part of the Island [Cowlitz River delta]

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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

  • Bureau of Land Management website, 2007;
  • Hitchman, R., 1985, Place Names of Washington, Washington State Historical Society;
  • NOAA Office of Coast Survey website, 2007;
  • U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) 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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