Celilo, an Underwater Waterfall

This morning, I woke up at Celilo Inn, to this view:

View from Celilo Inn, The Dalles, Oregon

It’s in a town called The Dalles, Oregon, and the hotel overlooks the Columbia River Gorge. This is compelling landscape in any weather; the approaching thunderstorm was a visual bonus. Additional  intrigue comes from what  lurks beneath that dam — the remains of a waterfall.

Celilo Falls was one of the most important fishing sites for Native Americans, until 1957 when the Army Corps of Engineers flooded it (and fishing platforms, and a village) to build The Dalles Dam, which you can see on the right side of the photo.

Apparently, there’d been rumors that the Corps had blasted the rock formations which created the horseshoe-shaped falls, but a 2007 sonar scan revealed that it’s all still there, waiting quietly beneath the water.

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