Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Jantzen Beach, Oregon"
Includes ... Jantzen Beach ... Jantzen Beach Carousel ...
Image, 2006, Jantzen Beach Carousel, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Jantzen Beach Carousel, Portland, Oregon. Image taken July 1, 2006.


Jantzen Beach ...
For 42 years the western end of Hayden Island was home to the "Jantzen Beach Amusement Park", also known as "The Coney Island of the West". The park opened on May 26, 1928, and, at the time, it was the largest amusement park in the United States. Eventually the park covered more than 123 acres and featured a Carousel, fun house, Big Dipper Roller Coaster, Golden-Canopied Ballroom which attracted big-name bands, four swimming pools, natatorium, 25 acres of picnic grounds, and 15 acres of parking. Over 30 million people visited the park throughout its history. Today the carousel resides within the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center and the pumping system from the swimming pools is used to pump drinking water to residents of Hayden Island. The second span of the Interstate 5 Bridge goes through the area which was once the Jantzen Beach Swimming Pool. The Jantzen Beach Amusement Park was named after one of the park's chief investor's, Carl Jantzen, of Jantzen Swimsuits. The name "Jantzen Beach" continues today for the area.

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Penny Postcard, Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon
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Penny Postcard: Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon.
Penny Postcard, "Jantzen Beach, On the Columbia River and Pacific Highway". Reverse side is blank. Card #23. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon
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Penny Postcard: "Swimming Pools at Jantzen Beach on the Columbia River, near Portland, Oregon"
Photo by A.M. Prentiss. C.T. American Art Colored. No.451-29. Message on back dated June 18, 1929. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image, 2006, Jantzen Beach Carousel, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Jantzen Beach Carousel, Portland, Oregon. Image taken July 1, 2006.


"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. The postcards now have become a image of history.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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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:    See Hayden Island

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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