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Image, 2013, Short-eared Owl, Mount Pleasant, Washington, click to enlarge
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Short-eared Owl, Mount Pleasant, Washington. Image taken January 26, 2013.


Mount Pleasant (the community) ...
The small Washington community of Mount Pleasant lies along the banks of the Columbia River at Columbia River Mile (RM) 129, in both Clark and Skamania Counties. The Boring Lava cone by the same names rises to the northeast. The community is scattered on the lower flanks of that cone. Mount Pleasant (the community and the cone) is located east of Prune Hill (another Boring Lava cone) and the Washington communities of Camas and Washougal. It is located west of yet another Boring cone, Biddle Butte (Mount Zion) and the massive cliffs of Cape Horn. On the Oregon side of the Columbia lies Rooster Rock.

Mount Pleasant (the Boring Lava Cone) ...
Mount Pleasant is a 978-feet-high Boring Lava cone located on the Washington side of the Columbia River, at approximately RM 130. The cone lies in Skamania County.
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Image, 2004, Rooster Rock State Park from Crown Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mount Pleasant, Biddle Butte, Cape Horn, and Rooster Rock State Park as seen from Crown Point, Oregon. Washington State's Cape Horn (cliff face bordering river) is in the background along with Mount Pleasant (the rounded Boring Lava hill on the left) and Biddle Butte (a small Boring Lava cone rising above Cape Horn in upper middle of image). Rooster Rock State Park, Oregon, is in the middleground. Beacon Rock is in the distance upper right. Image taken October 11, 2004.


Mount Pleasant in 1941 ...
From "The New Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State, Federal Writers' Project, 1941":

"... MOUNT PLEASANT, (48 alt., 15 pop.), beneath a mountain of the same name, is composed of a service station and a few houses along the railroad track. A few miles west of Mount Pleasant the highway penetrates an area of fruit orchards. ..."


Mount Pleasant Grange ...
Mt. Pleasant Grange
Cooperative of Rural People

"Homesteaders in the Columbia River Gorge lived miles apart and faced life's hardships and joys in isolation. After the Civil War, farmers banded together in a fraternal organization known as the Patrons of Husbandry. By the 1880s, this organization of farming families, called the Grange, cropped up across Washington and Oregon.

Mt. Pleasant Grange secured reliable crop transportation, first by steamboat and later by rail. Cooperatives helped farmers purchase and share expensive equipment and gave them a unified voice in government.

Mt. Pleasant Grange held its first meetings in 1889 in members' homes. In 1892, they built this hall for three hundred doallars on donated land. Within its walls, members exchanged wedding vows, mourned their dead, educated their children, spread news and knowledge, and exercised their political rights. One of Washington's oldest granges, its membership is still active today.

Mt. Pleasant Grange was remodeled in 1938. A basement was added, as was the wood-burning furnace from William and Hattie Woodruff's prune dryer -- it still heats the hall today."

Source:    Mount Pleasant Grange information sign, 2013.


Views of the Grange ...

Image, 2013, Mount Pleasant, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Pleasant Grange, Mount Pleasant, Washington. Image taken February 15, 2013.
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Mount Pleasant Grange, Mount Pleasant, Washington. Image taken February 15, 2013.
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Mount Pleasant Grange, Mount Pleasant, Washington. Image taken February 15, 2013.
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Patrons of Husbandry, Mount Pleasant Grange, Mount Pleasant, Washington. Image taken February 15, 2013.


Views around Mount Pleasant ...

Image, 2013, Cascade foothills, as seen from Mount Pleasant, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cascade foothills, as seen from Mount Pleasant, Washington. From left to right: Silver Star Mountain, Bluff Mountain, and Little Baldy. Image taken January 22, 2013 through front window of car.
Image, 2013, Portland, Oregon, area, as seen from Mount Pleasant, Washington, click to enlarge
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Columbia River and the Portland, Oregon, area, as seen from Mount Pleasant, Washington. Reed Island is visible in the Columbia River. Image taken January 26, 2013.


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:     Federal Writers' Project, 1941, "The New Washington: A Guild to the Evergreen State";

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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