These are two pictures in my collection of the Astoria-Megler Ferry and Landing in Oregon. Both are from different photographers and several years apart. Both show a piece of Oregon and Washington history that is missing now. The Astoria-Megler Ferry crossed the mouth of the Columbia River between Astoria Oregon and McGown Washington. After a merger, the north ferry dock was moved to Megler Washington because it was a better port for the ferry. The Ferry ran until the construction of the Astoria-Megler Bridge made it obsolete.
Astoria still exists as a quite popular tourist and supply town for the North West Oregon and South West Washington Coast. But nothing remains of Megler except for the ferry dock pilings and a wide spot in the road where cars waited for the ferry to dock.
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Megler Ferry Landing – 1959
Astoria Megler Ferry – 1965
Mt Rainier Washington
I love this picture! Can’t you just feel the cool wind coming down off the mountain? I believe this is Paradise at the foot of Mt Rainier in Washington, but I do not know for sure as I’ve only seen pictures of it. I’ll drive up there one of these days!
Here is a great photo! We haven’t seen this gentleman before, but I think he’s married to the lady on the left in this photo. We have some more photos in the set that looks like they’re of Mt. Rainier. So this would probably make this a picture near Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.
The bag that looks like it was carrying lunch is a vintage tote branded with the Scandinavian Airlines logo. Lunch looks like tinned meat and cheese with some lemonade on the side. Yummy!
At the time of this picture in 1955, the Grand Coulee Dam had already been in operation for over a decade.
Vintage photo of a vacation trip to Grand Coulee Dam – 1955
The Grand Coulee Dam was built in between 1933 and 1942 and even now remains among the largest concrete structures in the world. This dam is partially credited with helping to win World War II for the Allies as it produced so much of the electricity needed for shipbuilding across the entire Pacific Northwest. Now days the dam still produces a significant amount of electricity, but it also remains a tourist destination for people from all over the region.