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"Murals ... The Dalles, Oregon"
Includes ... The Dalles ...
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Mural, "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.


The Dalles Murals ...
Visitors to The Dalles can enjoy many murals on local buildings in the downtown area.


The Dalles Murals

  • "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia" ...
  • "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows" ...
  • "Decision at The Dalles" ...
  • "Hudson Bay Company" ...
  • "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort" ...
  • "Rock of Ages" (Pulpit Rock) ...
  • "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years" ...
  • "Umatilla House" ...
  • "Where Wheat is King" ...
  • "Cascade Car Wash" ...


"Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia" ...
The mural "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia" was painted by Robert Thomas in 1994, and is located downtown on East Federal Street between 2nd and 3rd. Robert Thomas also painted "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", "Umatilla House", and "Where Wheat is King".

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Mural, "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia", The Dalles, Oregon. Note "She Who Watches" on the right. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls on the Columbia", The Dalles, Oregon. Note "She Who Watches" on the right. Image taken May 8, 2013.


"Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows" ...
The mural "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows" was painted by Gary Kerby in 2003, and is located downtown on 1st Street between East Federal Street and Laughlin. This mural can be seen while driving east on Interstate 84.

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Mural, "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, Thomas Jefferson, "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, York, "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural, "Corps of Discovery: Into the Narrows", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken from moving car on Interstate 84. Day overcast and gray. Mural painted by Gary Kerby, 2003. Image taken October 15, 2011.


"Decision at The Dalles" ...
The mural "Decision at The Dalles" was painted by Don Crook in 1992, and is located at E. Federal Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

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Mural, "Decision at The Dalles", The Dalles, Oregon. Mural painted by Don Crook, 1992. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Decision at The Dalles", The Dalles, Oregon. Mural painted by Don Crook, 1992. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Decision at The Dalles", The Dalles, Oregon. Mural painted by Don Crook, 1992. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Decision at The Dalles", The Dalles, Oregon. Mural painted by Don Crook, 1992. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Decision at The Dalles", The Dalles, Oregon. Mural painted by Don Crook, 1992. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Decision at The Dalles", The Dalles, Oregon. Mural painted by Don Crook, 1992. Image taken May 8, 2013.


"Hudson Bay Company" ...
The mural "Hudson Bay Company" was painted by Roger Cooke in 1995, and is located downtown on East 2nd Street. Roger Cooke also painted "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years".

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Mural, "Hudson Bay Company", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Hudson Bay Company", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.


"Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort" ...
The mural "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort" was painted by Robert Thomas in 1993, and is located downtown on East Federal Street between 1st and 2nd. Robert Thomas also painted "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls of the Columbia", "Umatilla House", and "Where Wheat is King". The mural "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort" is located directly across the street from "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years".

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Mural, "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural, "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural, "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.


"Rock of Ages" ...
"Rock of Ages", depicting the famous "Pulpit Rock", was painted in June 1999 by Hulan Fleming, assisted by Gary Bright. It is located downtown on East 3rd Street.

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Mural, "Rock of Ages" (Pulpit Rock), The Dalles, Oregon. Taken from window of moving car. Image taken February 8, 2013.


"The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years" ...
The mural "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years" was painted by Roger Cooke and is located in downtown The Dalles, on East Federal Street between 1st and 2nd. Roger Cooke also painted "Hudson Bay Company". The mural "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years" is directly across the street from "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort".

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Mural, "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken May 8, 2013.
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Mural, "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.
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Mural detail, "The Dalles, Northwest Trading Center for 10,000 Years", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken February 8, 2013.


"Umatilla House" ...
The mural "Umatilla House" was painted by Robert Thomas and Debbi Lunz in 1997. It is located downtown on West 2nd Street, on the side of the "The Dalles Inn". Robert Thomas also painted "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls of the Columbia", "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", and "Where Wheat is King". Umatilla House was a well-known hotel on the Columbia River during the Steamboat era.

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Mural, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
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Mural, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
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Mural detail, Hotel, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
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Mural detail, ferry, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.
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Mural detail, Bailey Gatzert, "Umatilla House", The Dalles, Oregon. Image taken April 22, 2013.


"Where Wheat is King" ...
The mural "Where Wheat is King" was painted by Robert Thomas in 1995. It is located downtown on 2nd Street. Robert Thomas also painted "Celilo/Wyam - The Great Falls of the Columbia", "Lewis and Clark at Rock Fort", and "Umatilla House".

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Mural, "Where Wheat is King", The Dalles, Oregon. Taken from window of moving car. Image taken February 8, 2013.


"Cascade Car Wash" ...

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Mural on side of the building of the Cascade Car Wash, The Dalles, Oregon. Day overcast and dreary. Image taken January 30, 2011.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 25, 1805 ...
a cool morning [their camp was near Horsethief Butte] Capt Lewis and my Self walked down to See the place the Indians pointed out as the worst place in passing through the gut, which we found difficuelt of passing without great danger, but as the portage was impractiable with our large Canoes, we Concluded to Make a portage of our most valuable articles and run the canoes thro accordingly on our return divided the party Some to take over the Canoes, and others to take our Stores across a portage of a mile to a place on the Chanel below this bad whorl & Suck, with Some others I had fixed on the Chanel with roapes to throw out to any who Should unfortunately meet with difficuelty in passing through; great number of Indians viewing us from the high rocks under which we had to pass, the 3 first Canoes passed thro very well, the 4th nearly filled with water, the last passed through by takeing in a little water, <we> thus Safely below what I conceved to be the worst part of this Chanel, felt my Self extreamly gratified and pleased. we loaded the Canoes & Set out, and had not proceeded, more than two mile before the unfortunate Canoe which filled crossing the bad place above, run against a rock and was in great danger of being lost, This Chanel is through a hard rough black rock, from 50100 yards wide. Swelling and boiling in a most tremendious maner Several places on which the Indians inform me they take the Salmon as fast as they wish; we passed through a deep bason to the stard Side ["Big Eddy", today Spearfish Lake] of 1 mile below which the River narrows and divided by a rock The Curent we found quit jentle, ...    we landed ...     we proceeded on down the water fine, rocks in every derection for a fiew miles when the river widens and becoms a butifull jentle Stream of about half a mile wide, Great numbers of the Sea Orter [Harbor Seals] about those narrows and both below and above. we Came too, under a high point of rocks on the Lard. Side below a creek [Mill Creek] of 20 yards wide and much water, as it was necessary to make Some Selestial observations we formed our Camp on the top of a high point of rocks [Rock Fort], which forms a kind of <artif> fortification in the Point between the river & Creek [Mill Creek], with a boat guard, this Situation we Concieve well Calculated for defence, and Conveniant to hunt under the foots of the mountain to the West & S. W. where timber of different kinds grows, and appears to be handsom Coverts for the Deer, in oke woods, ...   

This litle Creek [Mill Creek] heads in the range of mountains which run S S W & N W for a long distance on which is Scattering pine white Oake &c. The Pinical of the round toped mountain which we Saw a Short distance below the forks of this river is S. 43 W. of us and abt 37 miles, it is at this time toped with Snow we called this the falls mountain or Timm mountain [Mount Hood].     The face of the Countrey, on both Side of the river above and about the falls, is Steep ruged and rockey open and contain but a Small preportion of erbage, no timber a fiew bushes excepted, The nativs at the upper falls raft their timber down Towarnehooks River [Deschutes River] & those at the narrows take theirs up the river to the lower part of the narrows from this Creek, and Carry it over land 3 miles to their houses &c. at the mouth of this creek ...





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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:    Historic The Dalles Oregon website, 2013;

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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