Larch trees, 1903

Man standing in front of Larch trees, 1903. Noted on the photo “Larch Trees – Average Height 200 Feet – Forests of Oregon.” The image comes from the souvenir book Scenic Wonders of Portland and Columbia River by Kiser Photographic Company.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.2752.


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10 thoughts on “Larch trees, 1903

  1. This photo reminds me of the song from the early 1950s “Where the Tall Pines Grow in Oregon, Where the Columbia Rolls to the Sea….” Does anyone recall the lyrics to that very-Oregon song or know where I can find them?

  2. These don’t appear to be Western larch trees. They appear to be noble fir which was marketed as “larch” at the turn of the (previous) century which is why Larch Mountain, Oregon, is called that without having any larch.

  3. Woodie Guthrie’s ‘Roll on Columbia’ ode refers to ” Green Douglas firs where the waters cut through…”?

  4. There are no natural stands of Larch trees in Western Oregon. The famous Larch Mountain stand are actually Noble Firs. The mountain was misnamed by early commercial foresters.

  5. Thanks Dominic. Always wondered about that. Kiser had a building at Crater lake to sell his photos. That building is still there on the rim by the visitors ctr.

  6. There’s a 1903 piece of music titled
    She’s sleeping neath Oregon’s tall pines.

    Multnomah County Library has a reference copy in it’s collection of historical sheet music. I don’t know that it would have been popular in the 1950s.

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