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Before Celilo Falls disappeared

by Brian Zylstra | March 10th, 2014


1945 postcard shows Native Americans fishing at Celilo Falls. (Images courtesy of Washington State Archives)

March 10 marks the anniversary when a famous and treasured fishing and trading spot for Northwest tribes for thousands of year vanished in a matter of hours. It was on this date in 1957 when Celilo Falls along the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon disappeared after floodgates on The Dalles Dam closed.

To remember this moment, the State Archives brought out these classic photos of Northwest Indians fishing at Celilo Falls before the dam erased the cherished location.


A 1955 shot of Celilo Falls and the hills above the Columbia River.


2 Responses to “Before Celilo Falls disappeared”

  1. It’s so wonderful but we lost it. How unfortunate!

  2. I was there as a kid

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