Image from page 554 of "The Columbia River" (1918)
Title: The Columbia River
Publisher: New York and London, G. P. Putnam's sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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he Oregonian and itsEditor—Once more on the River—The Fishing and LumberingVillages—Scenery of the Lower River—Astoria and the Outlookto the Ocean—Industries of Astoria—The Fisheries—The Fleetof Fishing Boats on the Bar—The Ocean Beaches and the TouristTravel—Through the Outer Headlands to the Pacific. HAVING returned from our side trip to themountain peaks of Hood and Adams andhaving resumed our station on the bank ofthe River just below Rooster Rock, we see that weare now in a new world. We are at sea-level. Denseforests clothe the shores, except for the places wherethe axe of the settler or the saws of the lumbermanhave made inroads. Moss drapes the rocks. Fernsand vines take possession wherever the trees have beenremoved. Even in summer a feeling of humidityusually pervades the air. A certain softness androundness seems to characterise both the vegetableand animal world. The smell of the sea is in the atmo-sphere, even though the sea is yet distant. No longer 384
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Sunrise on Columbia River, near Washougal.(Copyright, 1902, by Kiser Photograph Co.) The Lower River and the Ocean Tides 385 do our eyes wander over boundless expanses of rollingprairie, crowned to the highest knolls with wheat-fields, as on the other side of the mountains. Themountains fall away, and low bottoms, sometimes oozj^with the inflowing river or the creeks from the forests,stretch away in the lazy, hazy distance. The Riverno longer flows tumultuously and with that militantenergy which is so characteristic of the long stretchesfrom Kettle Falls to The Dalles. It has a calm andstately majesty, the repose of accomplished warfareand victory. It has hewn its way down to the levelof the ocean and no longer needs to fret and storm.It has conquered a peace. Below Rooster Rock, the shores are flats with lowhills in the background, and the River expands to awidth of from one to two miles. If we still imagineourselves in a small boat, we find the most delightfulof sensations in glidin
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