Crown Point at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Crown Point at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Crown Point Columbia River Gorge

Crown Point Columbia River Gorge Oregon

In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived near this spot. Believing they had finally reached the Pacific, William Clark wrote in his journal “Ocian [sic] in View! O the joy.” But this is the Crown Point Columbia River Gorge and estuary, and it would be another 17 days before they made camp at the Pacific coast. If you retrace the famous expedition’s steps along the Columbia, make sure to spend some time in the Crown Point Scenic Corridor, an Oregon state park, seen here on the right side of the photo.

 

The park offers stunning views of the mighty Columbia, which marks the state border with Washington. And the Vista House (perched atop a bluff) offers a bit of shelter if the weather’s not cooperating. Built in 1917, the observatory came more than a century too late for the weary Lewis and Clark team.

 

Crown Point State Scenic Corridor – Oregon State Parks and Recreation

Millions of visitors driving from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge don’t realize the full impact of its beauty until they come around the bend near Corbett at exit 22 and see the famous building on the top of the cliff to the right. This is Crown Point and the building is the Vista House.

The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge.
The octagonal building with its green ceramic tile roof houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge.

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