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Columbia River from Crown Point

Union Pacific mainline along Columbia River in western Oregon.
Black and white postcard showing the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company's mainline along the Columbia River as seen from Crown Point, Oregon, circa 1916. The view is looking west towards Portland. Rooster Rock, a natural basalt obelisk, is visible at lower right, while the Rooster Rock Cannery can be seen at bottom center. Nothing remains of the cannery, but Rooster Rock is now the site of a popular state park. The O-WR&N was a subsidiary of Union Pacific and its identity eventually disappeared into the larger road's around 1950. The route along the Columbia River remains a major freight corridor in today's Union Pacific's system. During the 1960s, an interstate highway (designated I-84 in 1980) was constructed through the Columbia Gorge, built between the railroad and the river at this location.
Alternate Title Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company Mainline from Crown Point, Oregon (editor's title)
Source David P. Oroszi, Dayton, Ohio
Coverage Spatial, Crown Point, Oregon; Temporal, circa 1916
Rights David P. Oroszi
Date Created c1916
Resource Type
Extent 4 in. x 6 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Crown Point, Oregon
Creator Description Portlanders Arthur B. Cross and Edward L. Dimmitt sold photographic postcards of sites and attractions in northwestern Oregon, including the Columbia River Gorge. Cross opened his Electric Studio in Portland in 1909, taking on Dimmitt as a partner in 1916. The latter was born in 1881 in Columbia, Missouri. Initially, they sold their postcards from their Model T at Crown Point, a popular overlook along the original Columbia River Highway. Eventually they set up a more permanent postcard stand at Crown Point, and in the 1920s they opened a studio in Portland. Cross died in 1940 and Dimmitt lived until 1963, having managed Vista House at Crown Point for 40 years.
Collection David P. Oroszi Collection
Text on Front of Image Columbia River from Crown Point. Columbia River Highway Oregon #470 (C) Cross & Dimmitt
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