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"Ruthton Cove, Ruthton Point, and Ruthton Park, Oregon"
Includes ... Ruthton Point ... Ruthton Park ... Ruthton Cove ... Phelps Creek ... Clifton ... Hood River County ...
Image, 2014, Ruthton Point from Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Point as seen from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.


Ruthton Cove, Ruthton Point, and Ruthton Park ...
Ruthton Point, Oregon, is a cape jutting into the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 166, downstream from Phelps Creek and Wah Gwin Gwin Falls, the Columbia Gorge Hotel, and the City of Hood River. Directly across from Ruthton Point is Underwood Mountain, Washington. On the downstream side of Ruthton Point rises Mitchell Point and on the upstream side of the point is Ruthton Cove. On the ridge upstream of Ruthton Point is Ruthton Park, a small park which presents good views of the Washington State and the Columbia River.


Image, 2006, Columbia River and Ruthton Point as seen from Cook-Underwood Road, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Point, Oregon, as seen from the Cook-Underwood Road, Washington. Image taken May 10, 2006.


Ruthton Point Geology ...
According to Norman and Roloff (2004, from Allen, 1979), Ruthton Point is composed of east-dipping bright-yellow palagonite tuff and breccia, the result of lava from a nearby intracanyon volcano, or possibly from Quaternary Underwood Mountain volcano across the river, pouring into a lake formed by a lava dam.

Early Ruthton Point ...
According to Oregon Geographic Names (McArthur and McArthur, 2003), in 1886 Joseph W. Morton bought a farm which included the point of land jutting into the Columbia River, and named it after his daughter Ruth Morton. There once was a Ruthton Station on the Union Pacific Railroad line.

According to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, four features carry the name "Ruthton" --- Ruthton, a historical locale at elevation 121 feet, Ruthton County Park at elevation 371 feet, Ruthton Cove, and Ruthton Point, both at elevation 79 feet.

A 1931 map of T3N, R10E, depicting "Hood River, Clifton, Ruthton, and Sonny" from the Hood River County 1931 Atlas (Metsker Maps), has today's Ruthton Park labeled "Clifton Park", and today's Historic Columbia River Highway cutting through the park. "Clifton Park" lies in the southeast part of the southeast quarter of Section 28. The community of "Ruthton" lies to the northwest and the community of "Clifton" lies to the southeast.


J.W. Morton ...
According to the "rootsweb.com" website (2014), Joseph W. Morton moved to Hood River in June 1883, practiced law in Hood River in 1907, and ran for the U.S. Senate in 1912.

Ruthton ...
The Union Pacific Railroad had a station named "Ruthton".

Ruthton Park ...
Ruthton County Park is a small quiet park on the west side of Hood River, and is located just west of the Columbia Gorge Hotel. The park overlooks Ruthton Cove and Ruthton Point. Views of the Broughton Lumber Mill and the old Broughton Flume can be nicely seen from Ruthton Park. Also nice views of Underwood Mountain and the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery in Washington State, and Mitchell Point, in Oregon.

Views of Ruthton Park ...

Image, 2014, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.
Image, 2014, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.

IN HONOR OF
RUTH MORTON
WHO RESIDED IN THIS AREA
FOR MANY YEARS
Hood River County Historical Society
1975
Image, 2014, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.
Image, 2006, Ruthton County Park, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Park, Oregon. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2006, Ruthton County Park, click to enlarge
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Ruthton County Park, Oregon. Image taken September 29, 2006.


Goats ...
Transients or lawnmowers ???

Image, 2015, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Goats, Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Goat, Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 9, 2015.


Ruthton, etc.

  • Clifton Park ...
  • Historic Columbia River Highway ...
  • Views from Ruthton Park ...


Clifton Park ...
The Historic Columbia River Highway ran through Ruthton Park, with the park (called "Clifton Park" in 1931) being on both sides of the Highway. Today's Ruthton Park parking area is a remnant of the old road location.

Metsker Map, 1931, Hood River County, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Map detail, Columbia River Highway, Ruthton, Clifton, Clifton Park (Ruthton Park), and Phelps Creek, Metsker Hood River County Atlas, 1931. Map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2014.


Historic Columbia River Highway ...
[More Historic Columbia River Highway]
[More HCRH Route]

Image, 2015, HCRH remnant, Ruthton Point, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway remnant, Ruthton viaduct above Ruthton Point, Hood River, Oregon. Viewing restored stonework. View from moving car heading west on Interstate 84. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2015, HCRH remnant, Ruthton Point, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway remnant, Ruthton viaduct above Ruthton Point, Hood River, Oregon. Viewing end of stonework and original pavement. View from moving car heading west on Interstate 84. Image taken April 9, 2015.
Image, 2014, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.


The Ruthton Park parking area was once the path of the Columbia River Highway. There is a small 100-foot remnant of original highway left here, not shown in this image.
Image, 2015, Ruthton County Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Large boulder and four concrete bollards, Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken April 9, 2015.


Views from Ruthton Park ...

Image, 2006, Columbia River looking downstream from Ruthton Overlook, click to enlarge
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Columbia River and Ruthton Point, looking downstream from Ruthton Park, Oregon. Mitchell Point is visible on the left. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2005, Mitchell Point, from Ruthton Park, click to enlarge
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Mitchell Point from Ruthton Park, Oregon. Image taken June 4, 2005.
Image, 2006, Columbia River looking downstream from Ruthton Overlook, click to enlarge
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Cove on the upstream (east) side of Ruthton Point, looking downstream from Ruthton Park, Oregon. Image taken September 29, 2006.
Image, 2014, Underwood Mountain, Washington, from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Underwood Mountain, Washington, as seen from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.
Image, 2014, Broughton Mill, Washington, from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Broughton Mill, Washington, as seen from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.
Image, 2014, Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, Washington, from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, Washington, as seen from Ruthton Park, Hood River, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 29, 1805 ...
A cloudy morning wind from the West but not hard, we Set out at day light [from their camp on Rocky Island at Crates Point], and proceeded on about five miles Came too on the Stard. Side at a village of 7 houses built in the Same form and materials of those above, here we found the Chief we had Seen at the long narrows [The Dalles] ...     they are hospitable and good humered Speak the Same language of the inhabitants of the last village, we call this the friendly village [vicinity of Dougs Beach]. ...     after brackfast we proceeded on, the mountains are high on each Side [high basalt cliffs of the Rowena Gap, with Rowena Crest on the south and the Chamberlain Lake area on the north], containing Scattering pine white oake & under groth, hill Sides Steep and rockey; at 4 miles lower we observed a Small river falling in with great rapidity on the Stard. Side [Klickitat River] below which is a village of 11 houses [today the town of Lyle is on the upstream side of the Klickitat], here we landed to Smoke a pipe with the nativs and examine the mouth of the river, which I found to be 60 yards wide rapid and deep, The inhabitants of the village are friendly and Chearfull; those people inform us also those at the last village that this little river is long and full of falls, no Salmon pass up it, it runs from N. N. E. that ten nations live on this river and its waters, on buries, and what game that Can kill with their Bow & arrows

we purchased 4 dogs and Set out- (this village is the of the Same nation of the one we last passed) and proceeded on The Countrey on each side begin to be thicker timbered with Pine and low white Oake; verry rockey and broken [passing Mayer State Park on the Oregon side]. passed three large rocks in The river the middle rock is large long and has Several Squar vaults on it. we call this rockey Island the Sepulchar [Memaloose Island] - The last river we passed we Shall Call the Cataract River [Klickitat River] from the number of falls which the Indians say is on it- passed 2 Lodges of Indians a Short distance below the Sepulchar Island [Memaloose Island] on the Stard. Side river wide, at 4 mile passed 2 houses on the Stard. Side, Six miles lower passed 4 houses above the mouth of a Small river 40 yards wide on the Lard. Side [Hood River]    a thick timbered bottom above & back of those houses; those are the first houses which we have Seen on the South Side of the Columbia River, (and the axess to those dificuelt) for fear of the approach of their common enemies the Snake Indians, passed 14 houses on the Std. Side Scattered on the bank- from the mouth of this little river which we shall Call Labeasche River [Hood River], the falls mountain [Mount Hood] is South and the top is covered with Snow.    one mile below pass the mouth of a large rapid Stream on the Stard. Side [White Salmon River], opposit to a large Sand bar [from Hood River], in this creek the Indians above take their fish, here we Saw Several canoes, which induced us to call this Canoe Creek [White Salmon River] it is 28 yards wide, about 4 miles lower and below the Sand bar [Hood River sandbar] is a butifull cascade falling over a rock of about 100 feet [Wah Gwin Gwin Falls, location of the Columbia Gorge Hotel],

[On the route map (Moulton, vol.1, map#78) a "C___ Spring" is shown on the north side of the river, today the location of Spring Creek and Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, with no mention of it in any text. On the south side, at the location of Wah Gwin Gwin Falls, only "Cascade" is labeled and "4 Houses of Indians".]

a Short distance lower passed 4 Indian houses on the Lard. Side in a timbered bottom, a fiew miles further we came too at 3 houses on Stard. Side, back of which is a pond [today the location of Drano Lake. The Little White Salmon River empties into Drano Lake.] in which I Saw Great numbers of Small Swan, Capt. Lewis and went into the houses of those people ...     Here the mountains are high on each Side, those to the Lard. Side has Some Snow on them at this time, more timber than above and of greater variety.





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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:    "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2014, Hood River County;    McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland;    Norman, D.K., and Roloff, J.M., 2004, A Self-Guided Tour of the Geology of the Columbia River Gorge - Portland Airport to Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington, Washington State Division of Geology and Earth Resources Open-File Report 2004-7, March 2004;    Norman, D.K., Busacca, A.J., and Teissere, R., 2004, Geology of the Yakima Valley Wine Country - A Geologic Field Trip Guide from Stevenson to Zillah, Washington, Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources Field Trip Guide 1, June 2004;    "rootsweb.com" website, 2014; Hood River County;    U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) website, 2006, U.S. Board of Geographic Names.   

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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