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© Richard Knight
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  • MY JUNE BRIDE -- June 26, 1971

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[Multnomah Falls, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, east of Troutdale on U.S. Hwy. #30, the “Historic Columbia River Highway,” July, 2014]

During the recent Knight Family Reunion in Beavercreek, Oregon, we took a day off to drive the famous Historic Columbia River Highway (please see previous upload) and visit Multnomah Falls, which is Oregon’s tallest waterfall and, according to the literature, Oregon’s #1 tourist attraction. It isn’t hard to see why although, in my opinion, Oregon’s Crater Lake is far more majestic and geologically significant. Still, Multnomah Falls is spectacular.

Water gushes from the springs under Larch Mountain and plunges over the Upper Falls, dropping 542 feet. The water collects in the cascade pool, descends another nine feet, and then plunges over the Lower Falls, dropping 69 feet, a total drop of 620 feet.

Multnomah Falls may be viewed from a lower platform, from the 45-foot long Benson Footbridge, which was built by Italian masons in 1914 (shown), and from a platform near the top. The bridge is an easy hike and handicap accessible. As you stand on the Bridge, the spray from the upper falls is a welcome relief on a hot day.

From the Bridge, the view is idyllic. It is easy to see why so many weddings are held here. However, on Labor Day, in 1995, a 400-ton boulder fell 225 feet from the face of the upper falls into the cascade pool above the Bridge. It created a 70-foot splash of water that, together with muck and gravel, slammed into a 20-member wedding party that was on the Bridge taking pictures. There were a few injuries. More recently, on January 9 of this year, a falling rock damaged the Bridge and its railing. The Bridge was closed for extensive repairs. Happily, the Bridge had opened by the time Linda and I got there.

There have been many photos of Multnomah Falls posted to JPG, but I thought the members wouldn’t mind another shot, and I think that this is the first upload that tells the story.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

48 responses

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross gave props (10 Jul 2014):

    Truly magnificent, Richard! Both the photograph and the narrative!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (10 Jul 2014):

    Gorgeous! One of my favorite places in the American West.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2014):


  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (11 Jul 2014):


  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (11 Jul 2014):

    What a beautiful, fantastic shot you took of this amazing scene ! I love it !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (11 Jul 2014):

    Nice documentary and excellent photographs to go with it..

  • Andrew Dutton

    Andrew Dutton (Deleted) gave props (11 Jul 2014):

    Great photo and essay, I've never been to Multnomah Falls, but I'll put it on my list of must sees for my next cross country excursion.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (11 Jul 2014):


  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (11 Jul 2014):

    Great Shot!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (11 Jul 2014):

    a cool view!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (12 Jul 2014):

    oh, man! i love this shot! print it and frame it my good man!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (12 Jul 2014):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (12 Jul 2014):

    Stood there, saw that!! Kalli and I made a 'girl's trip' to Portland and stopped at the Falls on our way back home. It truly is an amazing sight! I'm glad we missed the Labor Day boulder---our wedding invitation must have been misplaced, thank goodness!! As always, beautifully captured, and artfully written!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Jul 2014):

    I love it!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (12 Jul 2014):

    Gorgeous, Richard!! I hope to see this in person someday!! :)))

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Jul 2014):

    Dude! A bridge too...far out man...cooler than cool...

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (12 Jul 2014):


  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (13 Jul 2014):


  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (13 Jul 2014):

    Brilliant story and image..I would be way too nervous after all the falling rocks, so I am glad you caught this for us and that you and Linda were safe!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire gave props (13 Jul 2014):

    Beautiful capture!!!!!!!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (13 Jul 2014):

    Love your work Dick.....Peggy

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (15 Jul 2014):

    Spectacular ..

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (15 Jul 2014):

    We've been there!!! It is so awesome … love your captures and narrative.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (15 Jul 2014):

    A marvelous capture!! So very beautiful.. and just a tad dangerous too it seems. Fascinating!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (16 Jul 2014):

    Great shot and info, Dick. Have been there, but not on the bridge. Even back then, my knees were the deterrent. And, yes, I agree with you that Crater Lake is Oregon's tops. Think I have a shot of that. I'll check.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (16 Jul 2014):

    Absolutely beautiful part of our country! Lovely photo.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (16 Jul 2014):

    Beautiful photos cousin !! Love the history too !!!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P gave props (19 Jul 2014):

    Beautiful ;)

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (19 Jul 2014):

    Makes me realize how much I miss living in the NW.

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (19 Jul 2014):


  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (19 Jul 2014):


  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (20 Jul 2014):

    Been there, seen that, but not in a long time. Great shot of a very beautiful site, and thanks for the story about the boulders!

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway gave props (20 Jul 2014):

    I love Multnomah Falls! Nice shot!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (22 Jul 2014):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (25 Jul 2014):

    My God!!! What a picture .......amazing

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (27 Jul 2014):

    great pic! I love Multnomath Falls. Such a beautiful place.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (27 Jul 2014):

    What a lovely place! Great shot!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (31 Jul 2014):

    Well depicted landmark.

  • William Garvey

    William Garvey gave props (2 Aug 2014):

    Wow, very cool.

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2014):


  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2014):

    Excellent picture, looks like at great place to visit

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (3 Sep 2014):

    I love this shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sooo gorgeous...great capture.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (9 Sep 2014):

    beautiful photo

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (13 Sep 2014):

    the insert really gives the viewer the true scope of the falls....great shot and travels

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (18 Sep 2014):


  • Ophelia Lamplighter

    Ophelia Lamplighter   gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    Love it

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (22 Jun 2016):

    beautiful can show other photos in photo essay,therefor we will also enjoy of them.

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (27 Nov 2018):

    beautiful image

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