A photographic postcard that has been hand-tinted. The legend in red at the top reads "Tonging for Toke Point Oysters, near mouth of the Columbia River". More than a dozen men are each standing a wooden boat. The boats are flattened in profile and ride low in the calm water. The central area of the boat is used to pile up the oysters, and the oystermen stand on a broad rim that runs around the edge. They hold long poles in their hands. These are the handles of tongs, long tools with rake-like ends that are opened when put into the water, scraped against the oysters, and closed to haul up the catch. The men are dressed in working clothes such as overalls and hats. In the background are several larger boats. On the horizon mountains are visible.
A colored photographic postcard. At upper left the caption in red reads "Ocean-Going Log Raft on the Columbia River". The photo is dominated by the cigar-shaped "raft" of logs chained together. A length of chain is piled on top of them, along with some rope. The raft of logs appears to be floating next to a dock. In the distance on the water and near the shore are several other boats. Amongst the trees on the shore there appear to be several large buildings. Far across the water are mountains.
A tinted photographic postcard. At the top in red is the legend "Cascade Locks, Columbia River". A steamship is shown going into the locks. Passengers or crew can be seen on its three decks; along both sides of the locks are small groups of men and women watching its passage. The water is calm; it is a dry sunny day with puffy clouds. A lawn stretches off to the left of the photograph. Across the river from the locks forested hills rise up.
A black-and-white photographic postcard. The printed caption at upper right reads "The Needles, Cape Horn on the Columbia River". The view is of a rock formation known as The Needles, with a waterfall flowing from the top of a cliff and into the Columbia. At the base of the cliff at the edge of the water are natural stone columns. Some trees are at the top of the cliff and also on the far shore of the river.
Sepia image. Seen from above, the Pillars of Hercules rock formation faces the Columbia River. In the left foreground is a winding road that passes between the Pillars. There are four utility poles alongside the road. Trees line the riverbank, which has been eroded by the flooded river. Rocks, trees and utility poles are partially submerged in the river. In the distance can be seen tree-covered slopes or hillsides.
Sepia image of the rock formation known as Palisades -- a segment of the Columbia River basalt formations. The Palisades sit up on the hillside above the banks of the Columbia. At the base of the rock formation are deciduous trees mixed in with a few evergreens. The middle background shows the sharp incline of the mountain ending, and a vertical bluff arising, leading to a plateau. The far right background continues with the rock formation to the end of the image.
A colored postcard view of the Columbia River. In the top right-hand corner in red the text reads "Bridge of the Gods, Columbia River. On line of O. R. & N. Co." In the foreground of the picture is a rocky shore, and similar rocky islands are seen. Past them rush the foamy white-capped rapids of the river. Across the water, at the extreme left of the picture, is what appears to be a dwelling, with a fence or pilings driven in next to it along the water. In the middle of the far shore is a group of tipis. All along behind the shore is a dark row of forest trees, mostly conifers, but with some deciduous trees which are painted to indicate it is early fall, with orange and brown leaves amongst the green. Behind the strip of forest rise barren-looking mountains. O. R. & N. Co. stands for "Oregon Railway and Navigation Company".
A black and white view of three steamboats in the water approaching Cascade Locks on the Columbia River. The paddlewheel of the large stern wheeler to the left of the photo can be clearly seen. This ship is much larger than the other two at right, and has been identified as the "Bailey Gatzert". One of the other steamers has been identified as the "Charles R. Spencer". Their smokestacks all belch smoke. In the river some small islands can be seen. On the further shore, a low, well-forested riverbank with a settlement of houses rises to wooded hills. To the center right of the picture the locks are seen. The Cascade Locks were completed in 1896, and submerged in 1938 as a result of the construction of the Bonneville Dam.
A black-and-white stereoscopic view published by C.E. Watkins. The caption reads "Castle Rock, Columbia River". A rocky beach is in the foreground. Across the river deciduous trees line the river, with evergreens behind them and covering the low hills which rise behind Castle Rock. The Rock itself displays a number of columns, and is topped with a few trees, which also straggle up its sides.
A black and white view of the Cascade Locks on the Columbia River, approaching from the west. The locks were completed in 1896 and submerged in 1938 with the completion of the Bonneville Dam. In the photograph, the lock gates are closed. A town is visible in the distance on the heavily wooded far bank of the river, and small wooded islands and some rocks are also seen in the water. To the right of the picture are several light-colored wooden houses, which all appear to be multi-storied. To the right of the houses runs the highway. In the distance rise the forested hills and moutains.