Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Perham Creek, Oregon"
Includes ... Perham Creek ... Mitchell Point ...
Image, 2015, , HCRH, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. View from Interstate 84. Image taken .

Perham Creek ...
Perham Creek is 1.6 miles in length and is located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 162.5. Upstream is Mitchell Creek and Mitchell Point and downstream is Viento Creek and Viento State Park.

Early Perham Creek ...
According to "Oregon Geographic Name" (McArthur and McArthur, 2003):

"This stream flows under the Columbia River Highway and into the Columbia River about seven miles west of Hood River. It was named to commemorate Eugene L. Perham, who emigrated from Indiana to Oregon in 1850. After living at various places in Oregon, he married the daughter of the Rev. Edward R. Geary, who came to Oregon in 1851. The newly married couple settled at The Dalles about 1857 or 1858, where Perham was connected with river navigation interests that became part of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company in 1860. The family remained in The Dalles for about 25 years, and Perham took an interest in public affairs. He then moved to the vicinity of what is now Perham Creek but later disposed of his holdings. He died in 1891, and Mrs. Perham died in 1926. The Perhams were a much respected family. Perham Spring takes its name from the nearby creek."

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

  • Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (2014), "NWCouncil.org" website, 2017, Lower Oregon Columbia Gorge Tributaries Watershed Assessment;
  • 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.
September 2017