These 11 Historical Photos Of The Columbia River Gorge Will Transport You To A Different Era

The Columbia River Gorge has always held a special place in the hearts of Oregonians, going back to the time when humans first inhabited it. Even after the horrible forest fire in 2017, we’re reminded of its enduring toughness and everlasting beauty every time we visit. Take a look at these 11 photos from the past and you’ll see that, while some things have changed over the years, one thing remains the same: the Columbia River Gorge calls to people to visit, to photograph, and to cherish it.

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It’s amazing to see how much this iconic area of Oregon has grown and changed over the decades. Where is your favorite spot in Columbia River Gorge to visit? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share photos from your outdoor adventures with us on our Oregon Nature Lovers Facebook group. You’ll find amazing photos captured by fellow Oregonians from all across the state!

If you’re interested in Oregon history, you might also want to visit this barn that was built in the 1880s.