Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Tumalt Creek, Oregon"
Includes ... Tumalt Creek ...
Image, 2015, Tumalt Creek, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Tumalt Creek, Oregon. Image taken March 30, 2015.

Tumalt Creek ...
Tumalt Creek is a small creek located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, which heads on the eastern flank of Yeon Mountain and below Nesmith Point, and merges with the Columbia at Columbia River Mile (RM) 140. Downstream is the small community of Dodson and upstream is the small community of Warrendale.

Early Tumalt Creek ...
Early names for Tumalt Creek include "Devil Creek", "Devil's Creek", "Devil Slide Creek", and "Devil's Slide Creek". In 1915 the U.S. Board of Geographic Names made "Tumalt Creek" official.

According to "Oregon Geographic Names" (McArthur and McArthur, 2003):

"... This stream in the eastern part of the county [Multnomah County] was formerly called Devil Creek and Devil Slide Creek, but at the instigation of the Mazamas in 1915 the name Tumalt was adopted by the government to commemorate an Indian who was killed by Gen. Phil Sheridan's command during the Cascade engagement in 1856. ..."

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

  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, Oregon Geographic Names, Oregon Historical Society;
  • U.S. Geological Survey, Geographic Names Information System website, 2014;

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.
June 2014