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"Springdale, Oregon"
Includes ... Springdale ... Springdale School ... National Register of Historical Places ...
Image, 2015, Springdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Springdale Street Scene, Springdale, Oregon. Historic Springdale Pub and Eatery. View taken from moving car from the old Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken March 16, 2015.


Springdale ...
Springdale is a small Oregon community located along the Historic Columbia River Highway, uphill from approximately Columbia River Mile (RM) 125. Upstream is the Oregon community of Corbett and downstream is the community of Troutdale.

Early Springdale ...
"Springdale is a community between Troutdale and Corbett on the Historic Columbia River Highway. In the 1890s, the east end was called Springdale and the west end Gage. When the Post Office was established in 1900, it was named Gage to avoid confusion with a number of other places in Oregon whose name began with Spring. William M. Northway was the first and only postmaster, and the office was closed October 31, 1903. Subsequently, the name Springdale was used for the entire settlement. Mrs. Grant Bell picked the name because of the many springs in the area."


Source:    Lewis A. McArthur and Lewis L. McArthur, 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press.


Springdale, etc.

  • Big Bear's Country Market & Deli ...
  • Springdale School ...


Big Bear's Country Market ...
Big Bear's Country Market & Deli was established by Phil ("Big Bear") and Judy DuFresne in 1978, and taken over by Balwant Bhullar in 2009. Big Bear's Country Market is located in Springdale, Oregon.

Image, 2015, Springdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Big Bear's Country Market & Deli, Springdale, Oregon. Located at the junction of the Old Highway 30 (old Columbia River Highway) and Woodard Road in Springdale. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Big Bear's Country Market & Deli, Springdale, Oregon. Located at the junction of the Old Highway 30 (old Columbia River Highway) and Woodard Road in Springdale. Image taken November 11, 2015.


Springdale School ...
The "Springdale School", also known as the "Springdale Community Center", is a single-story Art Deco-style building constructed in 1931. The building was designed by Portland architect Claud Freeman and constructed by Corbett builder Claude Woodle. Prominent features of the building include the stucco exterior walls and the Art Deco-detailed front entrance. On October 25, 2011, the Springdale School was listed on the National Register of Historical Places (Event/Education, #11000771).

Image, 2015, Springdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Springdale School, Springdale, Oregon. View taken from moving car from the old Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken March 16, 2015.
Image, 2014, Springdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Springdale School, Springdale, Oregon. View taken from moving car from the old Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken June 30, 2014.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 3, 1805 ...
The Fog So thick [typical of the Pacific Northwest in the fall and spring] this morning that we could not See a man 50 Steps off, this fog detained us untill 10 oClock at which time we Set out [from their camp at Rooster Rock], ...    I walked on the Sand beech Lard. Side, opposit the canoes as they passed allong. The under groth rushes, vines &c. in the bottoms too thick to pass through, at 3 miles I arrived at the enterance of a river [Sandy River] which appeared to Scatter over a Sand bar, the bottom of which I could See quite across and did not appear to be 4 Inches deep in any part; I attempted to wade this Stream and to my astonishment found the bottom a quick Sand, and impassable- I called to the Canoes to put to Shore, I got into the Canoe and landed below the mouth, & Capt Lewis and my Self walked up this river about 1 miles to examine this river which we found to be a verry Considerable Stream Dischargeing its waters through 2 Chanels which forms an Island [Sandy River Delta, which has had various names throughout history] of about 3 miles in length on the river and 1 miles wide, composed of Corse Sand which is thrown out of this quick Sand river Compressing the waters of the Columbia and throwing the whole Current of its waters against its Northern banks, within a Chanel of a mile wide, Several Small Islands 1 mile up this river, This Stream has much the appearance of the River Platt: roleing its quick Sands into the bottoms with great velocity after which it is divided into 2 Chanels by a large Sand bar before mentioned, the narrowest part of this River is 120 yards-on the Opposit Side of the Columbia a <large Creek> falls in [Washougal River]     above this Creek on the Same Side is a Small prarie [location of Washougal, Washington, Cottonwood Beach, now the home of Captain William Clark Park, and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge]. extensive low country on each Side thickly timbered [low area upstream of Cottonwood Beach and Captain William Clark Park is the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge].

The Quick Sand river [Sandy River] appears to pass through the low countrey at the foot of those high range of mountains in a Southerly direction,- The large Creeks which fall into the Columbia on the Stard. Side [Washougal River] rise in the Same range of mountains to the N. N. E. and pass through Some ridgey land- A Mountain which we Suppose to be Mt. Hood [Mount Hood, Oregon] is S. 85 E about 47 miles distant from the mouth of quick sand river [Sandy River]     This mtn. is Covered with Snow and in the range of mountains which we have passed through and is of a Conical form but rugid- after takeing dinner at the mouth of this river [Sandy River]  we proceeded on passed the head of a Island [Lady Island] near the lard Side [???] back of which on the Same Side and near the head a large Creek falls in [Washougal River, today the town of Camas, Washington, lies between Lady Island and the Washougal River], and nearly opposit & 3 miles below the upper mouth of quick Sand river is the lower mouth, [for?] This Island [Lady Island] is 3 1/2 miles long, has rocks at the upper point, Some timber on the borders of this Island in the middle open and ponney. Some rugid rocks in the middle of the Stream opposit this Island.   <proceeded in> to Center of a large Island in the middle of the river which we call Dimond Isld. [Government Island] from its appearance, here we met 15 Indn men in 2 canoes from below, they informed us they Saw 3 vestles below &c. &c. we landed on the North Side of this Dimond Island and Encamped [on the north side of Government Island, perhaps opposite Fishers Landing],     Capt. L walked out with his gun on the Island, Sent out hunters & fowlers- below quick Sand River [Sandy River] the Countrey is low rich and thickly timbered on each Side of the river  [on the Oregon side this area is the eastern end of the Columbia Slough, located on the floodplain of the Willamette River with the Columbia River],   the Islands open & Some ponds river wide and emence numbers of fowls flying in every direction Such as Swan, geese, Brants, Cranes, Stalks, white guls, comerants & plevers &c. also great numbers of Sea Otter in the river [Harbor Seals] -     a Canoe arrived from the village below the last rapid ...     Capt Lewis borrowed a Small Canoe of those Indians & 4 men took her across to a Small lake in the Isld. [Government Island] ...    ...  :  note the mountain we Saw from near the forks proves to be Mount Hood [Mount Hood, Oregon]





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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:    McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland;    University of Oregon Libraries website, 2014, Digital Collections;

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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