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"Hewett Lake and Hewett's Landing, Washington"
Includes ... Hewett Lake ... Hewett's Landing ... Hewitt's Landing ... Major Creek Lumber Company ...
Image, 2015, Twin Bridges Museum, Lyle, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Major Creek Lumber Company" and "Hewitt's Landing", Twin Bridges Museum, Lyle, Washington. Image taken September 26, 2015.

Hewett Lake ...
Hewett Lake (also seen as "Hewitt Lake"), is a small lake located on the north side of the Bonneville Reservior at Columbia River Mile (RM) 178, six miles east of Bingen, Washington. Upstream of Hewett Lake is Chamberlain Lake and the Klickitat River. Downstream is Major Creek, Catherine Creek, and Rowland Lake. According to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Hewett Lake is 578 acres.

Hewett's Landing ...
Hewett's Landing (also seen as "Hewitt's Landing" or "Hewitts Landing") was located at the mouth of Major Creek.

A 1906 real estate ad ("The Hood River Glacier", March 29, 1906, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016) uses "Hewitts Landing".

"WAUNA VISTA is nine miles from Hood River on the north bank of the Columbia river. Out of this beautiful place I am now offering two 20-acre tracts with orchards and one 40-acre tract with buildings, orchard, field and pasture. Get off at Hewitts Landing (one corner of the place) and see for yourself. The fact is Hood River is nine miles from Wauna Vista."
Lyle, Wa.

Early Hewett Lake/Landing ...
Hewett Lake is located in T3N R12E, southeast corner of Section 30. Major Creek enters the Columbia River less than 1/2 mile to the west.

"E.B. Hewitt came in 1879 and took land at the mouth of Major Creek. He acted as road supervisor in 1881 and opened the road from Lyle to Glenwood. His instructions from Goldendale were: "Remove no obstructions, nor do any work where the settler can do it himself." The result was that a road was opened at small cost, but was a long, crooked and rough road, but those were pioneer days, with pioneer hardships. At that date there were no doctors or nurses nearer than The Dalles and Portland so Mrs. Hewitt, being a skilled practical nurse, soon became in great demand, and traveled night or day to help the sufferers."

Source:    Delia M. Coon, 1923, "Klickitat County: Indians of and Settlement by Whites", IN: Washington Historical Quarterly, Vol.14, No.4, October 1923.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) database (2015) shows an Ira B. Hewitt (with the "i") being granted to 160 acres of T3N R12E, southeast quarter of Section 30 on November 16, 1891 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry). This borders the Columbia River east of Major Creek, today the location of Hewett Lake.

The database also shows Ira B. Hewett (with the "e") being granted title to 160 acres of T3N R12E, parts of Section 21 on February 12, 1903 (1862 Homestead EntryOriginal). This section is located inland from the Columbia River.

The database shows an Ellis B. Hewett (with an "e") being granted title to 80 acres in T3N R12E, east half of southwest quarter of Section 30, on February 20, 1911 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry). This is located on the left bank of Major Creek.

The 1913 platt map (courtesy "rootsweb.com") for T3 R12 shows E.B. Hewett property in the southeast quarter of Section 30, on the left bank of Major Creek.

The 1913 map also shows H.F. Hewett owning property along the Columbia River in the upper half of Section 32, east of Major Creek. According to the GLO database, H.F. Hewett is Herbert F. Hewett who was granted title to 90.40 acres on June 16, 1904 (1820 Sale-Cash entry). This property also borders the Columbia River.

Views ...

Image, 2015, Hewett Lake from Washington State Route 14, Washington, click to enlarge
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Hewett Lake as seen from Washington State Route 14. View from moving car heading west. Image taken September 26, 2015.

Hewett, etc.

  • Hewett's Tunnel ...
  • North Bank Highway ...

Hewett's Tunnel ...
Tunnel #7 of the SP&S railway, located just east of Major Creek, is called "Hewett's Tunnel".

North Bank Highway ...
"E.B. Hewett, who for twenty-four years has lived four miles from Lyle, is one that says "come on with your road." The right of way will skirt his land along the river, and he has consented to sell to the officials who are out securing options."

Source:    "The Hood River Glacier". (Hood River, Or.), June 29, 1905, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2017.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, April 14, 1806 ...
This morning at 7 oClock we were joined by Sgt. Pryor and they three hunters they brought with them 4 deer which drewyer had killed yesterday. we took brackfast and departed at 9 A. M. [from their camp near Dog Mountain]     the wind rose and <proceeded on> Continued to blow hard all day but not so violent as to prevent our proceeding. we kept Close allong the N. Shore all day. the river from the rapids [Cascade Rapids] to the Commencement of the narrows [The Dalles] is from to of a Mile in wedth, and possesses but little Current. the bead is rock except at the enterence of Labiech's river [Hood River] which heads in Mt. Hood [Mount Hood, Oregon] and like the quick Sand River [Sandy River] brings down from thence Vast bodies of Sand     the Mountains through which the river passes nearly to Cataract River [Klickitat River] are high broken rocky, particularly Covered with fir and white Cedar, and in maney places very romantic scences. Some handsom Cascades are Seen on either Side tumbling from the Stupendious rocks of the mountains into the river. I observe near the river the long leafed Pine which increas as we assend and Superseeds the fir altogether about the Sepulchre rock [Memaloose Island]. We find the trunks of maney large pine trees Standing erect as they grew, at present in 30 feet water [Submerged Forest]; they are much doated and none of them vegitateing. at the lowest water of the river maney of those trees are in 10 feet water. the Cause I have attempted to account for as I decended.     at 1 P M. we arrived at a large village Situated in a narrow <village> bottom on the N. Side [between the White Salmon River and Bingen, Washington] a little above the enterance of Canoe Creek [White Salmon River]. their houses are reather detached, and extend for Several Miles. they are about 20 in number. those people Call themselves Wil-la-cum. ...     We halted at this village Dined ...     after dinner we proceeded on our voyage. I walked on Shore with Shabono on the N. Side through a handsom bottom [Bingen area].     met Several parties of women and boys in Serch of herbs & roots to Subsist on maney of them had parcels of the Stems of the Sun flower. I joined Capt Lewis and the party at 6 miles, at which place the river washed the bottom of high Clifts on the N. Side [Bingen Gap]. Several Canoes over take us with families moveing up. we passed 3 encampments and came too in the mouth of a Small Creek [Major Creek] on the N. Side imediately below a village and opposit the Sepulchar rock [Memaloose Island]. this village Consists of about 100 fighting men of Several tibres from the plains to the North Collected here waiting for the Salmon. ...     made [blank] miles

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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

  • "rootsweb.com" website, 2015;
  • U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Informatin System database, 2015;
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website, 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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