Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"George W. Joseph State Natural Area, Oregon"
Includes ... George W. Joseph State Natural Area ... Latourell Falls ...
Images, 2013, Guy W. Talbot State Park at Latourell, Oregon, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
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
Click image to enlarge
Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park, Oregon. Image taken March 22, 2009.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...




Columbia River GorgeReturn to
Menu
 






*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 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.
/Regions/Places/joseph_state_natural_area.html
July 2014