Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Multnomah Falls Lodge, Multnomah Falls, Oregon"
Includes ... Multnomah Falls Lodge ... Multnomah Falls ... "Simmons-By-The-Falls" ... "The Hazelwood" ... National Register of Historic Places ...
Images, 2005, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon. Image taken March 6, 2005.


Multnomah Falls Lodge ...
The Multnomah Falls Lodge is located at Multnomah Falls, Oregon, at Columbia River Mile (RM) 136. It was built in 1925 as an overnight rest area on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Originally the lodge had dormitories and four rooms for the overnight stays. As early as 1927 the building was enlarged, and again in 1929 the striped awning patio gained permanent walls and became part of the building.

A nice description of Multnomah Falls Lodge History can be found on the "PDXHistory.com" website (2006):

"... Another required stop is always Multnomah Falls, the second highest water fall in the U.S. at 860 feet. In 1922, the land was given to the city of Portland by the Oregon and Washington Railroad & Navigation Company, forerunner of the Union Pacific. The Union Pacific regularly stopped on Multnomah Falls Lodge when it was a train depot. The Cascadian-style Multnomah Falls Lodge was completed in July of 1925 at a cost of $40,000. The Lodge was designed by the famed architect A.E. Doyle, designer of the U.S. Bank Building, Reed College and Lipmans. Rolla Simmons, famous for Simmons Hillvilla, was the first concessionaire. In 1929, the canopy-covered patio was removed and the building was extended further to the east. Ownership of Multnomah Falls Lodge was passed to the Forest Service in 1939. Simmons continued to operate the food services at the Lodge until the Lodge closed in November 1942 during World War II. After the war, the Lodge was remodelled and it reopened in February 1946 under new management. Multnomah Falls remains one of Oregonís most popular attractions and the Lodge recently celebrated 75 years. ..."

In 1981 the Multnomah Falls Lodge and Footpath (Benson Bridge) were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Building #81000512). Every type of rock found in the Columbia River Gorge is represented in the Lodge.


"Simmons-By-The-Falls" ...
The first concessionaire at the Multnomah Falls Lodge was Rolla Simmons, owner of Portland's "Simmons Hillvilla", who called his establishment "Simmons-By-The-Falls". Simmons operated the restaurant until the Lodge closed in November 1942, during World War II. When the Lodge re-opened in 1946 it was under new management.

"Multnomah Hazelwood" ...
The "Multnomah Hazelwood" was an ice-cream shop located along the Historic Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls. Open 365 days a year, the Hazelwood was built in 1916 and torn down in 1919. For a time, a Union Depot Station was connected to the Ice Cream shop.

Penny Postcard, In front of Multnomah Falls, ca.1920
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Penny Postcard: View in front of Multnomah Falls, ca.1920
Penny Postcard, ca.1920, "View in front of Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway, Oregon.". Building on left was the "Multnomah Hazelwood", an ice-cream stop which was open 365 days of the year. Published by The Oregon News Company, Portland, Oregon. Card #27. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


Multnomah Falls Lodge, Christmas 2005 ...

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Christmas season, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon. Image taken December 10, 2005.
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Christmas decorations, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon. Image taken December 10, 2005.
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Christmas decorations, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon. Image taken December 10, 2005.


Christmas 2006 ...

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Christmas, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon. Image taken December 23, 2006.
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Christmas, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Oregon. Image taken December 23, 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. Today the Penny Postcard has become a snapshot of history.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...





Lewis, April 9, 1806 ...




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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 Multnomah Falls;   

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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