Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Ortley, Oregon"
Includes ... Ortley ... Ortley Anticline ... Ortley Gap ...
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Ortley ...
(to come)

Early Ortley ...
According to "Oregon Geographic Names" (McArthur and McArthur, 2003):

"Ortley was named for the Ortley apple, a variety planted there in considerable numbers. About 1911, it was planned to develop Ortley as a model orchard or fruit-growing community, and the growers were to live in the town and operate their orchards from there. The place is on the heights above Rowena and is about seven miles southeast of Mosier. The post office was established about 1911, with L.D. Firebaugh first postmaster. It was discontinued November 30, 1922, and many of the appple trees have been taken out." [McArthur and McArthur, 2003]

Ortley Anticline ...
The Rowena Gap, also known as the "Ortley Gap", is 5.5 miles long by one-mile wide water gap, and resulted when the Columbia River carved a narrow channel through the Ortley Anticline, a folded feature of the Columbia River Basalts. The basalt face on the Washington side of the gap is the western edge of the Ortley Anticline known as the "Columbia Hills". The Oregon side of the Ortley Anticline is known as the "Rowena Basalts".

Rowena Gap/Ortley Gap ...
The Rowena Gap, also known as the "Ortley Gap", is a water gap in the Columbia River Basalts and is located upstream of the mouth of the Klickitat River and Lyle, Washington, and, on the Oregon side, upstream of Mayer State Park and Rowena Crest and downstream of Crate's Point.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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

  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, "Oregon Geographic Names", Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland;

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.
March 2016