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"Home Valley, Washington"
Includes ... Home Valley ... "Heim Dal" ...
Image, 2005, Oregon and Shellrock Mountain from Home Valley, click to enlarge
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Oregon and Shellrock Mountain from Home Valley Park, Home Valley, Washington. Image taken August 27, 2005.


Home Valley ...
Home Valley lies on the Washington side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 155, with Wind Mountain upstream and the mouth of the Wind River downstream. Four miles downstream is Stevenson, Washington.

Early Home Valley ...
Home Valley was settled by Norwegian emigrants. In 1893 John Kanekberg called the community Heim Dal, which postal authorities translated to "Home Valley".

Image, 2011, Home Valley, Washington, click to enlarge
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Home Valley Gas and Grocery, Home Valley, Washington. View from moving car on Washington Highway 14. Image taken June 4, 2011.


Views from Home Valley ...

Wind Mountain looms over Home Valley, and across the Columbia on the Oregon side lies Shellrock Mountain.

Image, 2005, Wind Mountain from Home Valley, click to enlarge
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Wind Mountain from Home Valley Park, Home Valley, Washington. Image taken August 27, 2005.
Image, 2005, Shellrock Mountain from Home Valley, click to enlarge
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Shellrock Mountain, Oregon, from Home Valley Park, Home Valley, Washington. Image taken August 27, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, April 13, 1806 ...
The loss of one of our large Canoes rendered it necessary to divide the loading and men of that Canoe between the remaining four, which was done and we loaded and Set out at 8 oClock A. M. [from their camp near Ashes Lake]     passed the village imediately above the rapids where only one house remains entire the other 8 haveing been taken down and moved to the opposit Side of the Columbia [downstream of Rock Creek and Stevenson, Washington] ...     Capt. Lewis with 2 of the Smallest Canoes of Sergt. Pryor & gibson and Crossed above the Rapids [Cascade Rapids] to the Village on the S E Side [east of Cascade Locks] with a view to purchase a Canoe of the nativs if possible. ...     I with the two large Canoes proceeded on up the N. W. Side with the intention of gitting to the Encampment of our hunters who was derected to hunt in the bottom above Crusats River [Wind River], and there wait the arrival of Capt. Lewis. I proceeded on to the bottom in which I expected to find the hunters but Could See nothing of them. the wind rose and raised the wavs to Such a hight that I could not proceed any further. we landed and I sent out Shields and Colter to hunt; Shields Shot two deer but Could get neither of them. I walkd. to Crusats river [Wind River] and up it a mile on my return to the party found that the wind had lulled and as we Could See nothing of our hunters. I deturmined to proceed on to the next bottom where I thought it probable they had halted at passed 2 P M Set out and proceeded on to the bottom 6 miles and halted at the next bottom formed a Camp and Sent out all the hunters [near Dog Mountain, between Collins Creek and Dog Creek].     I also walked out my self on the hills but saw nothing. on my return found Capt. Lewis at Camp with two canoes which he had purchased at the Y-ep-huh ...

I was convinced that the hunters must have been up River Cruzatt [Wind River]. despatched Sergt. Pryor with 2 men in a Canoe, with directions to assend Crusats River [Wind River] and if he found the hunters to assist them in with the meat. Jo: Shields returned about Sunset with two deer which he had killed, those were of the Black tail fallow Deer. <the> there appears to be no other Species of Deer in those mountains. We proceeded on 12 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

Sources: Hitchman, R., 1984, Place Names of Washington, Washington Historical Society.

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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