Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Aldrich Butte, Washington"
Includes ... Aldrich Butte ...
Image, 2004, Aldrich Butte from North Bonneville, click to enlarge
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Aldrich Butte, from North Bonneville, Washington. Image taken October 27, 2004.

Aldrich Butte ...
Aldrich Butte lies on the Washington side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 145. Cedar Creek flows along the Butte's north and north-west base where it merges with Hamilton Creek on Aldrich Butte's west side. Hamilton Creek then flows southeast between Aldrich Butte and Hamilton Mountain towards Hamilton Island and the Columbia River. Bonneville Dam and the Washington community of North Bonneville lie south and southeast, and Table Mountain lies upstream. Hamilton Mountain, Beacon Rock and Pierce National Wildlife Refuge lie downstream. Aldrich Butte is 1,141 feet elevation.

Early Aldrich Butte ...
Aldrich Butte was persumably named after an early settler Marion M. Aldrich who acquired a land donation claim in 1906.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database shows a Marion M. Aldrich being issued a land title on March 5, 1906, for 155.7 acres of parts of T2N R7E Section 17 (the northeast slopes of Aldrich Butte), under the 1862 "Homestead Entry Original".

The 1880 Skamania County census lists the family of "M.G. Aldrich", age 47, school teacher, and "Margaret J. Aldrich", age 35, wife/house keeping, and their three sons and one daughter. One of the sons is Marion Aldrich, age 8. Mr. M.G. Aldrich's obituary appeared in the November 15, 1909 "Morning Oregonian".

"CIVIL WAR VETERAN AT REST. -- The funeral of Matthew Gray Aldrich, veteran of the Civil War and a member of Sumner Post, No.12, G.A.R., was held yesterday morning from his late home, at Tremont Station on the Mount Scott line. Services were conducted by his comrades of Sumner Post, and interment was made in Multnomah Cemetery. Mr. Aldrich was 76 years old. During the war he was a member of Company A, Twenty-sixth Volunteer Infantry, and made a creditable record. His widow and four children survive him. The children are: Logan W. Aldrich, of Salem; Stanley M. Aldrich, of Table Rock, Wash.; Marion M. Aldrich, of Scotts Mill, and Mrs. Rosa Marguerite Jahr, of Douglass, Arizona. Mr. Aldrich lived in Multnomah County for 30 years, following farming until 15 years ago, when he retired."

Source:    "Morning Oregonian", November 15, 1909, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, Univeristy of Oregon Libraries, 2016.

In 1893 Stanley and Marion Aldich lived in Cape Horn, Washington.

"Stanley and Marion Aldrich of Cape Horn, are in the bearberry bark business, getting it and preparing it for the market. We believe the price paid for it when dried is $55 per ton."

Source:    "The Dalles Weekly Chronicle (The Dalles, Or.), July 7, 1893, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2016.

Views ...

Image, 2004, Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, Washington. View includes Beacon Rock (left), Hamilton Mountain, and Aldrich Butte. The wildlife refuge is along the water. Image taken from Beacon Rock boat dock. Image taken August 1, 2004.
Image, 2016, Aldrich Butte, Washington, click to enlarge
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Aldrich Butte as seen from Beacon Rock boad launch, Beacon Rock State Park, Washington. Pierce National Wildlife Refuge is in the foreground. Image taken September 26, 2016.
Image, 2004, Aldrich Butte from Bonneville Dam, click to enlarge
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Aldrich Butte, Washington, as seen from Bonneville Dam, Oregon. Image taken October 27, 2004.

Aldrich Butte, etc.

  • Aldrich Butte Lookout Tower ...

Aldrich Butte Lookout Tower ...
Aldrich Butte Lookout
Washington Division of Forestry/Mount Hood National Forest
5 miles southwest of Stevenson
Skamania County, Washington
Elevation 1141 feet
USGS Benchmark RC2410
USGS Benchmark RC2411
1930: 15 feet wooden live-in
1942: 10 feet wooden L-4 tower
1946: cabin
Destroyed 1967

Source:    "firelookout.com" website, 2019.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 31, 1805 ...

Columbia River GorgeReturn to

*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

  • "Firelookout.com" website, 2019;
  • Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2006;

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.
October 2016