10 thoughts on “Multnomah Falls, 1930

  1. On May 7, 1929 there were two ads in The Oregonian for the Columbia Gorge Motor Coach, which left from the Yamhill Stage Depot (Park & Yamhill) three times daily to Pendleton, and six times daily to The Dalles, with connections to other points. The lowest round trip fare was $8.65 (to Pendleton); the highest was $31.90 (to Twin Falls).

  2. Just trying to imagine how lovely the sounds and smell of the Falls were back then without I-84! Also, what a wonderful day trip from Portland!

  3. I always thought that the Benson foot bridge was a “New Deal” (W.P.A. / C.C.C.) project?… If so, it would probably have been built during the 30’s.

  4. This photo shows fairly young second growth fir trees. I’ve seen an earlier photo of the falls surrounded by forest of stumps. Many people believe the trees we saw until the Eagle Creek fire were old growth.

    The Benson Bridge was constructed by Simon Benson in 1914 as part of the Larch Mountain Trail. Oregon Hikers has a nice write up: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Larch_Mountain_Hike Reopening the trail to the top of the falls is a USFS priority.

  5. The date of the bridge along with the name R.L. Ringer is etched into the concrete on the Eastern side of the bridge itself. Trod on by thousands of tourists and locals alike who have no idea it is there.

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