Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Gorton Creek and Harphan Creek, Oregon"
Includes ... Gorton Creek ... Harphan Creek ... Wyeth ... Historic Columbia River Highway ...
Image, 2006, Interstate 84 at Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Interstate 84 at Wyeth, Oregon. View looking west. Image taken October 2, 2006.


Gorton Creek ...
Gorton Creek is located at Wyeth, Oregon and enters the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 156. The creek is 2.5 miles in length, mostly perennial, with its mouth being an impounded pond formed by railroad fill. The Wyeth Campground borders its right bank. Less than 1/2 mile upstream of Gorton Creek is Harphan Creek. Two miles upstream is Shellrock Mountain while downstream is Herman Creek and the Oregon community of Cascade Locks. Gorton Creek was named after Edwin Gorton, a homesteader who filed a claim along its banks.

Harphan Creek ...
Harphan Creek is 2.0 miles long and is located less than one-half mile upstream of Gorton Creek. The lower 0.3 miles is intermittent with a 50-foot-high falls located at Mile 1.0. Harphan Creek was named after George and Henry Harpham, homesteaders who filed land claims on the creek's banks.

Early Gorton and Harphan Creeks ...
Gorton Creek was named after Edwin Gorton, a homesteader who filed a claim along its banks in the 1896.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2015) lists an Edwin Gorton being granted title to 80 acres of T2N R8E, Section 2, on January 3, 1896 (1862 Homestead Entry Original).

Harphan Creek is a misspelling of "Harpham" and is named after George and Henry Harpham, homesteaders who filed land claims on the creek's banks.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2015) lists George E. Harpham being granted title to 160 acres of T2N R8E, Section 1, on September 28, 1898 (1862 Homestead Entry Original), and Henry P. Harpham begin granted title to 181.76 acres of T2N R8E, Section 1, on April 9, 1901 (1862 Homestead Entry Original).

The 1898 U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Cadastral Survey map (tax survey) for T2N R8E had today's Gorton Creek labeled "Murtle Creek". Harphan Creek is noted but not named.


Views ...

Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek, looking upstream, Wyeth, Oregon. View from Historic Columbia River Highway Bridge over Gorton Creek. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek, looking downstream, Wyeth, Oregon. View from Historic Columbia River Highway Bridge over Gorton Creek. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek, looking downstream, 2nd channel, Wyeth, Oregon. View from Historic Columbia River Highway Bridge over Gorton Creek. Image taken April 9, 2015.


Historic Columbia River Highway ...
[More Historic Columbia River Highway]
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  • HMP 52.7 ... Gorton Creek Bridge (1918)
  • HMP 52.8 ... Wyeth

  • Gorton Creek Bridge (1918):   "The reinforced concrete slab structure is 50 feet in length and consists of three slab spans -- two 15-foot spans and a 20-foot span. ...   The bridge is on a county road." [National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1983]

Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Wyeth, Oregon. View looking east. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Wyeth, Oregon. View looking west. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Wyeth, Oregon. View looking east. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Wyeth, Oregon. View looking east. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Gorton Creek, Wyeth, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Gorton Creek Bridge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Wyeth, Oregon. View looking east. Image taken April 9, 2015.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 30, 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:
  • Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (2014), "NWCouncil.org" website, 2017, Lower Oregon Columbia Gorge Tributaries Watershed Assessment;
  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office Records (GLO) database, 2015;


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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