045 Gilliam County

Old Columbia River Highway, Eastbound from Junction (2014)
Gilliam County, Oregon. May 17, 2014

Sub-pages later on as I post more of my material on this area...  12.27.14

Gilliam County 1, Goff, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 004 - Township 3 N. Range 18 E., Quinton, Goff, Columbia River, John Day River
Atlas: Gilliam County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1314740
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1314740/Page+004+++Township+3+N++Range+18+E+++Quinton++Goff++Columbia+River++John+Day+River/Gilliam+County+1934/Oregon/

Gilliam County 2, Quinton, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 012 - Townships 2 and 3 N. Range 19 E., Columbia River, Blalock, Quinton
Atlas: Gilliam County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1314748
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1314748/Page+012+++Townships+2+and+3+N++Range+19+E+++Columbia+River++Blalock++Quinton/Gilliam+County+1934/Oregon/

Gilliam County 3, Blalock, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 020 - Township 3 N. Range 20 E., Columbia River, Willows, Heppner Junc., Blalock
Atlas: Gilliam County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1314756
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1314756/Page+020+++Township+3+N++Range+20+E+++Columbia+River++Willows++Heppner+Junc+++Blalock/Gilliam+County+1934/Oregon/

Gilliam County 4, Arlington, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 028 - Township 3 N. Range 21 E., Arlington, Eddy, Columbia River, Owyhee Rapids
Atlas: Gilliam County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1314764
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1314764/Page+028+++Township+3+N++Range+21+E+++Arlington++Eddy++Columbia+River++Owyhee+Rapids/Gilliam+County+1934/Oregon/

Gilliam County 5, Heppner Junction, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 020 - Township 3 N. Range 20 E., Columbia River, Willows, Heppner Junc., Blalock
Atlas: Gilliam County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1314756
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1314756/Page+020+++Township+3+N++Range+20+E+++Columbia+River++Willows++Heppner+Junc+++Blalock/Gilliam+County+1934/Oregon/

"Twin Bridges," John Day River
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 238.

Porter's Business Complex
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 238.

Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

From SQUALLY HOOK at 70.1 m.  [West of Hwy. 730 Junction], Mount Hood is seen to the southwest, rising above the waters of the Columbia River.


Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

Passing through BLALOCK, 55.4 m[West of Hwy. 730 Junction] (216 alt., 16 pop.), US 30 threads the narrow gorge through which the Columbia has cut its channel.


There may be a fragment at Blalock, though it seems a little steep.  There's also an old rock cut west of there that may be old CRH.  Mostly, though, it is underwater through the "narrow gorge" mentioned above.

Finally, need to keep one's eyes open for Big Horn Sheep through here!

1.45 mile fragment of the old Columbia River Highway accessible from I-84 exit 131 (Woelpern Road)
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Old CRH From Woelpern Road (2014)
Gilliam County, Oregon. May 17, 2014
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CRH / Access Road Intersection (2014)
Gilliam County, Oregon. May 17, 2014
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Old Columbia River Highway, Eastbound from Junction (2014)
Gilliam County, Oregon. May 17, 2014
Copyright © 2014 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved

1.45 mile fragment of the old Columbia River Highway
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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OHD #1135 - New construction looking east toward Lang Canyon on Columbia River
Posted on the Oregon State Archives Facebook Page, March 27, 2015
https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateArchives/photos/a.332597276807385.77905.328291870571259/858680004199107

Our historic photo of the day was taken to show the construction underway on a new section of the Historic Columbia River Highway west of Arlington. This is the view looking east toward Lang Canyon which was located to the right of the small bridge visible in the distance about half way down the road. Although this photo is undated, it appears to have been taken sometime in the 1930's. There is a photo of Lang Canyon looking east on Columbia River Highway prior to the construction online athttp://tinyurl.com/nl3sm9c.

Here is a link to the best view I could get of what this area looks like today:https://goo.gl/maps/QZSFC. If you look closely you might be able to make out the old highway road running along the south side of the railroad tracks. Although this road appears to no longer be in use the remnants of it are still visible today. Have any of you taken the train through this portion of the Gorge? If so, do you remember seeing this area? We look forward to your comments and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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#946 - Lang Canyon before reconstruction east on Columbia River Highway
Oregon State Archives / Oregon Department of Transportation
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/images/records/state/odot/highway/946.jpg
Lang Canyon looking east on Columbia River Highway (956)
Oregon State Archives: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/exhibits/across/umatilla.html
Oregon State Archives / Oregon Department of Transportation
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/images/records/state/odot/highway/956.jpg

Lang Canyon
Google Earth. Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Lang Canyon to Arlington
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Wind Turbine West of Arlington
Arlington, Oregon. October 6, 2008.
Copyright © 2011 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved

Arlington, Oregon
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 241.

Below, after the reconstruction of the Columbia River Highway...

#7442 - Arlington overlook, Columbia River
Oregon State Archives / Oregon Department of Transportation
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/images/records/state/odot/highway/7442.jpg


Arlington is one of the cities which was relocated during the creation of Lake Umatilla by the John Day Dam’s construction. When dam construction was started in 1958 Arlington was moved approximately ¼ mile south, up the canyon, to its present day location, Earl Snell park is approximately where the old town was located.(Pictures?) The John Day hydroelectric project officially started service on July 16, 1968, but construction on the dam was not completed until 1971.

http://www.visitarlingtonoregon.com/history.html

#947 - West from Arlington Loops before reconstruction, Columbia River Highway
Oregon State Archives / Oregon Department of Transportation
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/images/records/state/odot/highway/947.jpg


Arlington, Westbound
Google Earth. Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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A surviving fragment of the CRH in Arlington
Google Earth. Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

ARLINGTON, 46.5 m[West of Hwy. 730 Junction] (224 alt., 601 pop), first known as Alkali, was given its present name by N. A. Cornish in commemoration of the home of Robert E. Lee. The first dwelling was erected on the site in 1880 by Elijah Rhea, and the town of Alkali was platted two years later by J. W. Smith. The town was incorporated in 1887. Ducks and geese are plentiful in the vicinity; the open season is from October 21 to November 19, inclusive. Hunting rights are often rented from the ranchers at $8 to $10 a day. The Arlington Ferry (cars, $1 ; round trip, $1.50) makes connections with Roosevelt, Wash. At Arlington is a junction with State 19.

http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/exhibits/across/umatilla.html

Arlington Shell Station
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 241.

In the early 1960s, when the John Day Dam was built, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers relocated much of the town to higher ground. A new central business district was constructed on compacted fill on top of the original location. Homes and the grade school were rebuilt on the surrounding hills, and a new port and recreation facilities were built on the Columbia River. A ferry operated between Arlington and Roosevelt, Washington, until 1974.


#7445 - Grain elevator on Columbia River at Arlington
Oregon State Archives / Oregon Department of Transportation
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/images/records/state/odot/highway/7445.jpg

#5837 - Columbia Gorge at Arlington, Columbia River
Oregon State Archives / Oregon Department of Transportation
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/images/records/state/odot/highway/5837.jpg


Originally named Alkali, Arlington came into existence as a place for shipping cattle down the Columbia River. It was incorporated as Arlington by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on November 20, 1885.[7]

Following the completion of the John Day Dam, the original location of Arlington was moved to higher ground in 1963 to avoid the resulting inundation.

Arlington was the birthplace of musician Doc Severinsen, best known as the musical director for the American television program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1967–1992).

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Arlington is home to a sizable waste management landfill, notably receiving all of SeattleWashington's trash and some from Portland, Oregon.[10] In March 2010, Waste Management announced their plans to build a waste incinerator using an experimental plasma gasification technology next to their landfill. The incinerator would be built in conjunction with the controversial company, InEnTec, whose efforts to build such incinerators in California and elsewhere have met fierce protest[dead link].

The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm and controversies about it emerged in 2009 and 2010, with completion originally scheduled for 2012.[11]

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington,_Oregon

Wind Turbines After Sunset
Arlington, Oregon. March 17, 2013.

Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

West of Heppner junction, US 30 crowds close upon the river, in places climbing along the basaltic cliffs, affording views of the gorge and the piling mountains to the north in Washington.


Looking for something I spotted yesterday, which wasn't CRH, I found over 2.5 miles of old road east of Arlington.

East of Arlington (All Fragments)
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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CRH Fragments, Arlington to the County Line 
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Oiling operations in progress along the Columbia River Highway in Gilliam County. To Prevent blow sand drifting onto highway.
Oregon State Highway Commission - 4th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission Covering the Period December 1st, 1918 to November 30th, 1920
http://digital.lib.pdx.edu/oscdl/files/odot/pdx005t0003.pdf

The Union Pacific station of Heppner Junction is located at the mouth of Willow Creek. Heppner Junction was once the turnoff for the Union Pacific tracks heading into the city of Heppner. The line was in operation between 1889 and 1994, when it was closed as being non-profitable, and section of track were demolished. Today Heppner Junction is the starting place for the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, with the turnoff at Oregon Highway 74, just west of Heppner Junction and Willow Creek...
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Heppner and Heppner Junction were named for Henry Heppner, who, along with Jackson L. Morrow, opened the first merchandise store in Heppner in 1873. In that same year the town of Heppner was founded and the post office was established. Heppner Junction began in 1889 when the Union Pacific laid tracks to Heppner.


Lyn Topinka
http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/willow_creek.html

Old Roads at the Modern Heppner Junction
Google Earth
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The area above was being used as a staging area for work on the interstate last summer, so I wasn't able to explore much. I suspect that some of this is U. S. 30 but not Route 2, but it is hard to say without spending some more time there and reviewing the maps some more.

Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

HEPPNER JUNCTION, 35.1 m. [West of Hwy. 730 Junction] (241 alt.), distinguished by an airplane beacon on the cliff (L), is the junction of the Union Pacific Railroad main line with its Heppner branch, as well as the junction of US 30 with State 74.

Left from Heppner junction on State 74 through a narrow rimrock walled cleft up Willow Creek. Rust colored, basaltic cliffs are in vivid contrast with emerald green alfalfa fields, sub irrigated by gravity flow of water from Willow and its tributary creeks, and from underground springs. As the route continues into the gradually rising country, wheat fields roll away to the benchlands on either side of the highway.

During gold rush days, miners traveling from lower Columbia River points to the Idaho and John Day mining districts, passed through Willow Creek Valley, hastening south by way of Dixie Creek and the forks of the John Day River. Processions of Columbia River Indians followed this road, to bunt deer, pick berries, and camp in the Blue Mountains, returning down the creek for the salmon fishing at Celilo.

http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/exhibits/across/umatilla.html

80 ft. steel span with two 33 ft. concrete approach spans. Over Willow Creek on the Columbia River Highway near Heppner Junction in Gilliam County. Completed in 1920.
Oregon State Highway Commission - 4th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission Covering the Period December 1st, 1918 to November 30th, 1920
http://digital.lib.pdx.edu/oscdl/files/odot/pdx005t0003.pdf



Willow Creek Fragments (Old Heppner Junction)
Google Earth
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Not quite sure where...  Willow Creek?  Lang Canyon?  Elsewhere?
I need to track down where this photo came from.

Eastbound:
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Westbound:
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