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"Murals ... Rainier, Oregon"
Includes ... Rainier Murals ... "Rainier - The River Town" ... "Hotel Rainier" ...
Image, 2007, Rainier, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural and street corner, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2007.


Rainier Murals ...
(to come)


Rainier Murals

  • "Rainier - The River Town" ...
  • Hotel Rainier ...


"Rainier - The River Town" ...
In the early 1990s a mural called "Rainier - The River Town", was created and painted by Rainier, Oregon students on the western wall of the old Hotel Rainier, located one block downhill from Oregon Highway 30 and Rainier City Hall building. Unfortunately this mural was painted over and replaced in 2009 with a smaller mural depicting the hotel as it appeared in 1953.

Image, 2007, Rainier, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mural and street corner, Rainier, Oregon. Hotel Rainier. Image taken February 17, 2007.
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Mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2007.
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Mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2007.
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Mural detail, Rainier, Oregon. Seining for salmon using horses. Image taken February 17, 2007.
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Paddleboat, mural detail, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2007.
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House, mural detail, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2007.
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Swans, mural detail, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2007.


"Hotel Rainier" ...
In the early 1990s a mural called "Rainier - The River Town", was created and painted by Rainier, Oregon students on the western wall of the old Hotel Rainier, located one block downhill from Oregon Highway 30 and Rainier City Hall building. Unfortunately this mural was painted over and replaced in 2009 with a smaller mural depicting the hotel as it appeared in 1953.

Image, 2012, Rainier, Oregon, click to enlarge
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"Hotel Rainier" mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken January 11, 2012.
Image, 2012, Rainier, Oregon, click to enlarge
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"Hotel Rainier" mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken January 11, 2012.
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Detail, "Hotel Rainier" mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken January 11, 2012.


Then and Now ...

Image, 2012, Rainier, Oregon, click to enlarge
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1953, "Hotel Rainier" mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken January 11, 2012.
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2012, "Hotel Rainier" mural, Rainier, Oregon. Image taken January 11, 2012.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 27, 1806 ...
a rainey disagreeable night     rained the greater part of the night     we Set out this morning verry early [from their camp on Walker Island] and proceeded on to two houses of the Skil-lute Indians on the South Side [downstream of Rainier, Oregon] here we found our hunters who had Seperated from us last evening.     the wind rose and the rain became very hard Soon after we landed here we were very friendly receved by the natives who gave all our party as much fish as they Could eate, ...     resumed our voyage at 12 oClock. The principal village of the Skil-lutes is Situated on the lower Side of the Cow-e-lis kee river [Cowlitz River] a fiew miles from it's enterance into the Columbia. ...     The Cow e lis kee river [Cowlitz River] is 150 yards wide, is deep and from Indian information navigable a very conslderable distance for canoes. it discharges itself into the Columbia about 3 miles above a remarkable knob [Mount Coffin] which is high and rocky and Situated on the North Side of the Columbia, and Seperated from the Northern hills of the river by a Wide bottom of Several Miles, to which it united [today the cities of Longview and Kelso, Washington]. I Suspect that this river Waters the Country lying west of a range of Mountains which passes the Columbia between the Great falls and rapids, and North of the Same nearly to the low country which Commences on the N W. Coast about Latitude 4o [blank] North. ...     at the distance of 2 miles above the village at which we brackfast we passed the enterance of this river [Cowlitz River]; we Saw Several fishing camps of the Skillutes on both Sides of the Columbia, and also on both Sides of this river. ...     late in the evening we passed the place we Camped the 5th of Novr. [Prescott Beach] and Encamped about 4 miles above at the Commencement of the Columbian Vally on the Stard. Side [near Goble, Oregon] below Deer Island [Deer Island, Oregon]. ...

[between Prescott Beach and Goble lies Coffin Rock, a basalt feature on the south side of the Columbia, now located on property owned by the Trojan Nuclear Facility]

Saw Cotton wood, Sweet Willow, w[hite] oake, ash and the broad leafed ash the Growth which resembles the bark &c. these form the groth of the bottom lands, whilst the Hills are almost exclusively Covered with the various Species of fir heretofore discribed. the black alder appears on Maney parts of the hills Sides as on the bottoms. before we Set out from the 2 houses where we brackfast we Sent on two Canoes with the best hunters, with orders to pro ceed as fast as they Could to Deer island [Deer Island, Oregon] and there to hunt and wait our arrival. we wish to halt at that place and repare 2 of our Canoes if possible. the Indians that visited us this evining remained but a Short time, they passed over to an Island [Sandy Island ???] and encamped. the night as well as the day proved Cold wet and excessively disagreeable. we Came 20 miles in the Course of this day.





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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 Rainier, Oregon page for sources.

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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