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"George W. Joseph State Natural Area, Oregon"
Includes ... George W. Joseph State Natural Area ... Latourell Falls ... The Golden Age of Postcards ...
Images, 2013, Guy W. Talbot State Park at Latourell, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Parking at Guy W. Talbot State Park, Latourell Falls, Oregon, looking east. Image taken March 3, 2013.


George W. Joseph State Natural Area ...
In 1934, the heirs of George W. Joseph, gave the State of Oregon property for a park on the upper part of Latourell Creek, a spot today known as the George W. Joseph State Natural Area. Access to the area is the trail from the Guy W. Talbot State Park. A trail leads from the parking lot to the top of Latourell Falls. Beyond this point the State Natural Area begins. The trail continues to Upper Latourell Falls.

George W. Joseph State Park in 1946 ...
GEORGE W. JOSEPH STATE PARK

"The George W. Joseph State Park adjoins the south side of Talbot Park. It is made up of two separately deeded forty acre tracts, desccribed as being in Section 32, Township 1 North of Range 5 East, W.M. in Multnomah County. Both tracts were gifts to the State of Oregon by Bertha L. Joseph and George W. Joseph, her son, by deeds dated September 11, 1934 and June 23, 1942. Title clearance to the later deed tract was by Sheriff's deed from Multnomah County, dated August 10, 1945.

These tracts are also located on Latourell Creek and have a beautiful double waterfall, located approximately three quarters of a mile up stream from the head of the Talbot Park falls, and easily reached by a good trail that ascends the east side of the stream.

While there are no improvements in this park area, other than the foot trail, in conjuction with Talbot Park and the Crown Point Loops, there is formed a single administrative unit, which in combination has all the natural attributes of a very attractive state park area, less than one hour of driving time from Portland's business center."

Signed:
W.A. Langille, State Parks Historian.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
"This part should be kept in its wilderness state, it being a complement to Talbot Park. Only the upkeep of the trails should be considered."

Signed:
S.H. Boardman, State Parks Superintendent, March 25, 1946.


Source:    W.A. Langille and S.H. Boardman, 1946, State Parks Historical Sketches: Columbia Gorge State Parks, courtesy of Oregon State Archives website, 2014.


Image, 2009, Latourell Falls, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park, Oregon. Image taken March 22, 2009.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...
Examined the rapid below us [from their camp at Fort Rains, looking at the Cascade Rapids] more pertcelarly the danger appearing too great to Hazzard our Canoes loaded, dispatched all the men who could not Swim with loads to the end of the portage below, I also walked to the end of the portage with the carriers where I delayed untill everry articles was brought over and canoes arrived Safe. here we brackfast and took a Meridn. altitude 59 45' 45" about the time we were Setting out 7 Squars came over loaded with Dried fish, and bear grass neetly bundled up, Soon after 4 Indian men came down over the rapid in a large canoe.     passed a rapid at 2 miles & 1 at 4 miles opposite the lower point of a high Island on the Lard Side [Bradford Island], and a little below 4 Houses on the Stard. Bank, a Small Creek on the Lard Side [Tanner Creek] opposit Straw berry Island [Hamilton Island], which heads below the last rapid, opposit the lower point of this Island [Hamilton Island] passed three Islands covered with tall timber [today there are two, Ives and Pierce] opposit the Beatin rock [Beacon Rock]    Those Islands are nearest the Starboard Side, imediately below on the Stard. Side passed a village of nine houses [indentified on Atlas map#79 as the "Wah-clallah Tribe of Shahala Nation", location near today's Skamania and Skamania Landing], which is Situated between 2 Small Creeks [Woodard Creek and Duncan Creek], and are of the Same construction of those above; here the river widens to near a mile, and the bottoms are more extensive and thickly timbered, as also the high mountains on each Side, with Pine, Spruce pine, Cotton wood, a Species of ash, and alder.     at 17 miles passed a rock near the middle of the river [Phoca Rock], about 100 feet high and 80 feet Diamuter,     proceed on down a Smoth gentle Stream of about 2 miles wide, in which the tide has its effect as high as the Beaten rock [Beacon Rock] or the Last rapids at Strawberry Island [Hamilton Island],- Saw great numbers of waterfowl of Different kinds, Such as Swan, Geese, white & grey brants, ducks of various kinds, Guls, & Pleaver [today just below Beacon Rock is Franz National Wildlife Refuge]. ...     we encamped under a high projecting rock on the Lard. Side [Rooster Rock, with Crown Point rising above it],     here the mountains leave the river on each Side [leaving the Columbia River Gorge, Steigerwald Land NWR is on the north and the Sandy River delta is on the south], which from the great Shute to this place is high and rugid [Columbia River Gorge]; thickly Covered with timber principalley of the Pine Species. The bottoms below appear extensive and thickly Covered with wood.     river here about 2 miles wide.     Seven Indians in a Canoe on their way down to trade with the nativs below, encamp with us, those we left at the portage passed us this evening and proceeded on down The ebb tide rose here about 9 Inches, the flood tide must rise here much higher- we made 29 miles to day from the Great Shute [Cascade Locks]-





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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:    For sources, see Latourell Falls    plus:    Langille, W.A., and Boardman, S.H., 1946, State Parks Historical Sketches: Columbia Gorge State Parks, courtesy of Oregon State Archives website, 2014.

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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