The Dalles - George Purvis Photography
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Mt. Hood towers over The Dalles

Viewed from the Washington side of the Columbia River, Mt Hood towers over The Dalles as the last light of a setting sun lights the clouds and Mt Hood with pink.

The Dalles was the end of the overland route of the Oregon Trail. Settlers headed for the fertile Willamette river valley had to pin their hopes on fragile rafts that they built and rode through the Columbia's cascades. More lives were lost on the 70 mile passage down the Columbia than on the rest of the Oregon Trail.

In the 1890's, The Dalles was a town of saloons and brothels. The Historic Baldwin Saloon recaptures that spirit and serves excellent food and beverages.