Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Highway I-84 from Eastern Oregon to Portland.

We traveled across Oregon yesterday. The journey took us from Ogden, Ut to Portland, Oregon. These are just a few of the images I captured as we took that slow memory filled journey.

Fishing platforms used my the Celilo Indian to net
fish from the river. Only native Americans are allowed to do this.

Windmills used to generate electricity
dance across the horizon not far from
the huge hydro electric dams. The Columbia River is home to
McNary, John Day, Bonneville, and Hood River Dams.
They generate power for the north west.

Union Pacific Railroad carries products across the state.
My great-grandfather helped build the bridges on this rail bed
from Pendleton to Huntington. I have a pillow top embroidered by
workers from the Far East (China?).

Huntington now lays several miles off
the I-84. It was a major railroad terminal
at one time and the building that
still stands on main street (Highway 30) houses business that have
been there for over 80 years.

This one room school was the classroom my mother
and her sisters attended over 90 years ago. It is located to a now defunct lime rock mine. It is about 40 miles west of the Idaho border. I attended the 1st grade here before moving to Huntington where I graduated high school in 1959.

The hills in Eastern Oregon are green and beautiful this time of year. If you are coming to this part of the world I would recommend late May. Flowers grace every hillside.


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