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Land Program Recreational Project, Columbia Gorge

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  • 1935-06

The collection consists of a report with appendices authored by John Yeon, chair of the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission's Columbia Gorge Committee. In the report, Yeon argues in favor of establishing an interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge on both sides of the river; describes specific areas of the Gorge, such as the Cape Horn area and the Beacon Rock area; and discusses lands that would need to be purchased to establish the park. The appendices, which make up the bulk of the collection, include fold-out maps showing areas of the Gorge, population density in Pacific Northwest, railroad facilities in the region, land ownership in the Gorge, and soil types in the Gorge; a list of currently owned properties in the Gorge; lists of delinquent taxes for properties to be purchased; photographs; and copies of statements and correspondence of officials regarding the proposed purchase of lands for a park.

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Land Program Recreational Project, Columbia Gorge

A report with appendices which outlines a proposal to establish an interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge along both sides of the Columbia River. In the report, John B. Yeun, chair of the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission's Columbia Gorge Committee, argues in favor of establishing the park and discusses lands that would need to be purchased to establish the park. The 17 appendices include fold-out maps showing areas of the Gorge, population density in the Pacific Northwest, railroads and highways in the region, land ownership in the Gorge, and soil types in the Gorge; a list of currently owned properties in the Gorge; lists of delinquent taxes for properties to be purchased; photographs; and copies of statements and correspondence of officials regarding the proposed purchase of lands for the park.

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Exhibit A - Distribution of Population, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to Pacific Northwest population centers. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Black dots, each representing 100 persons, are scattered across the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

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Exhibit B - Recreation Map, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to existing recreational areas in the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Shaded areas indicate recreational areas as well as national parks and monuments, national forests, Indian reservations, game preserves,and primitive areas. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

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Exhibit C - Land Program Projects, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to Agricultural Adjustment Administration marginal purchase and resettlement areas in the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Shaded and colored areas indicate sub-marginal purchase areas, resettlement areas, Indian reservation purchase projects, U.S. Biological Survey bird refuges, and A. R. recreational areas. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

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Exhibit D - Federal and State Highway Facilities, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to federal and state highways throughout the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Solid and hatched lines indicate national highways and other types of roads. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

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Exhibit E - Railroad Facilities, Pacific Northwest

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to railroad lines throughout the Pacific Northwest. The map shows Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Solid and hatched lines indicate various railroad lines, and shaded areas and circles indicate metropolitan centers and smaller cities. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 50 miles from an epicenter located over the Columbia River just east of Portland, Oregon.

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Exhibit F - Columbia River Gorge Zone - General Location Map

A map showing the location of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge in relation to the larger Columbia River Gorge Zone. The map shows portions of Oregon and Washington states, with red shaded areas denoting acreages recommended for inclusion in the project along both sides of the Columbia River. Concentric circles in red denote distances in increments of 10 miles from an epicenter located approximately over Bonneville, Oregon.

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Exhibit G - Project Map

A map showing the Columbia Gorge with a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile. Areas colored in blue with a red border indicate proposed lands to be acquired for a proposed interstate park in the gorge. Other colored areas denote U.S. national forests, state parks, highway right of way, special problem areas, and state forests.

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Exhibit H - Detail Maps

Four maps showing details of the proposed lands to be acquired for a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. The first map shows the Crown Point area, the second map shows the Latourell area, the third map shows the Cape Horn area, and the fourth map shows the Beacon Rock area. Red outlines on each map indicate the tracts of land within each of the featured areas that are recommended for inclusion in the park.

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Exhibit I - Legal Description of Properties in Units G and H

5 pages that list the ownership and legal description of properties in blocks G and H, identified as the Little White Salmon River Canyon area in the accompanying report. The list includes the names of property owners and information about the location of the lands and size of the acreage for each entry.

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Exhibit K - Taxes in Arrears (Skamania County)

A 3-page statement of delinquent taxes on units of property in Skamania County, Washington recommended for acquisition as part of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. For each piece of property, the owner's name, legal description, township & range, acreage, and years in arrears are listed. The property locations are found within the Beacon Rock and the Little White Salmon River Canyon areas of the gorge.

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Exhibit L - Taxes in Arrears (Multnomah County)

A 2-page statement of delinquent taxes on blocks of property in Multnomah County, Oregon recommended for acquisition as part of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. For each piece of property, the owner's name, legal description, township & range, acreage, and years in arrears are listed. The property locations are found within the Latourell and Crown Point areas of the gorge.

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Exhibit M - Photographs

7 pages of photographs show the areas under consideration for inclusion in a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. 32 photos show the character of the terrain, scenic values, and existing development in the Cape Horn, Beacon Rock, Little White Salmon River, and Latourell areas of the gorge.

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Exhibit N(1) - Resolution, Washington State Planning Council

A statement of support for a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge, provided by the Washington State Planning Council. The first page contains an introduction written by Executive Officer R. K. Tiffany, which states that the council has passed a resolution regarding the project and that the council would consider the Columbia Gorge Committee's preliminary report once it was completed. The second page contains the text of the resolution endorsing the project.

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Exhibit N(2) - Correspondence, Oregon State Planning Board and Governor

A series of four letters regarding a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. In the first letter, John B. Yeon recommends to the Oregon State Planning Board that the board endorse the purchase of certain lands for the project. In the second letter, the board's executive secretary writes to Oregon Governor Charles H. Martin of the board's endorsement of the purchase of the land. In the third letter, Governor Martin writes to the regional director of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to recommend that the A.A.A. pursue the purchase of the land. The fourth letter is a response from the A.A.A. regional director to Governor Martin, advising that proposal for the purchase of the lands should be filed with Lawrence Merriam of the National Park Service.

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Letters to National Resources Board

Two letters addressed to Marshall N. Dana, District Chairman of the National Resources Board, regarding a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. The first letter is from A. S. Burrier, land planning consultant for the state of Oregon, in which Burrier suggests extending the proposed land purchase areas to include all of the privately owned lands from Crown Point to Cascade Locks. The second letter is from regional land planning consultant Harold H. Henry, who also recommends expanding the area of purchased land to include the area west of Prindle and the Wauna Lake region in Washington. Included with the second letter is an extract from a report that supports the creation of the Gorge project

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Letter from C. J. Buck to Marshall N. Dana

A letter written by regional forester C. J. Buck to Marshall N. Dana, district chairman of the National Resources Board. Buck expresses the support of the Forest Service for a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge. He states that negotiations have already been made to add certain Multnomah County lands to the National Forest.

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Land Program Recreational Project, Columbia Gorge - report

A twelve-page report authored by John B. Yeon, chairman of the Pacific Northwest Regional Planning Commission's Columbia Gorge Committee, written to Mr. Lawrence Merriam, regional officer for the National Park Service's State Park Division, on the subject of a proposed interstate park in the Columbia River Gorge along both sides of the Columbia River. In the report, Yeon requests the support of the National Park Service in purchasing non-agricultural land to establish the park. Yeon describes five specific areas in the Gorge where the proposed land would be purchased: Cape Horn, Beacon Rock, White Salmon, Latourell, and Crown Point.

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Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Color Parade"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Columbia River Gorge, a big parade in Downtown Portland, and Mount Hood. Footage is in color.
00:00 - Colorful azalea bushes in front of home. Two small children walk in front of home.
00:16 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge, taken from the Oregon side of the gorge.
01:24 - Scenes from the Rose Festival parade in Downtown Portland, Oregon.
07:07 - Mount Hood, filmed from Hwy. 26 and Timberline Lodge.

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Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Annie & Robbie's Ballet"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Tsuboi family, Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge. Footage is in black-and-white.
00:00 - Family scenes, mainly of three young children. One of the children, a little girl, practices her new walking skills.
04:34 - Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge.
05:09 - Hwy. 26 and quick shots of Mount Hood in the snow
05:31 - A woman playfully gives a big smile at the camera

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Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Pendleton Rodeo - Scenes Aboard Japanese Training Ship"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Pendleton Round-Up, rural Oregon roads, the Japanese ship Taisei-Maru docked in Portland, and the Pacific Ocean. Footage is in black-and-white.
00:00 - A sign advertises the Pendleton Round-Up. Members of the Tsuboi family pose next to the sign.
00:47 - Scenes from the parade at the Pendleton Round-Up
02:00 - Scenes from the rodeo at the Pendleton Round-Up
06:52 - Agricultural fields outside Pendleton, Oregon
07:13 - Scenes of automobiles driving on a rural road outside Pendleton, Oregon, and on a road through the Columbia River Gorge. Some shots are taken from the passenger seat of a moving automobile.
08:03 - Scenes of the Japanese Imperial Navy training ship T.S. Taisei-Maru, docked in the Willamette River near the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon. American and Japanese civilians stand side-by-side, smiling. The drawbridge of the Broadway Bridge opens to allow the ship to pass.
10:16 - Scenes of the Pacific Ocean and waves crashing on a rocky shore.

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Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Japanese Scenes - Africa Maru (ship) - Shots of Portland & Steele Bridge - 1928 Logging Camp"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of a trip to Japan, the Africa Maru cargo ship, Portland, Oregon, and the Columbia River Gorge. Footage is in black-and-white.
00:00 - Scenes from a trip to Japan, including temples, buildings, streets, and the Kanaya Hotel.
03:27 - Scenes of the cargo ship Africa Maru, which transported many Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest. Japanese civilians bid farewell to the ship. Footage of the ocean voyage, possibly from Japan to Seattle.
06:24 - Scenes of Mount Hood and driving through the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon
07:22 - Scenes of Downtown Portland. Shots of the Tsuboi family.
08:00 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge.
08:38 - Iceskating on a frozen lake. Sign reads: Kahlotus.
09:11 - Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon
09:20 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge. Various waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls

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Tsuboi Family Home Movie

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Tsuboi family, Mount Hood, PDX airport, Columbia River Gorge, the Tenyo Maru No. 3 ship, and a family visit to a farm. Footage is in color.
00:00 - Scenes of Mount Hood. Tsuboi family at Mount Hood. Timberline Lodge parking lot, filled with cars.
01:36 - Scenes of the Tsuboi family near a lake or river. Children playing games.
02:46 - Tsuboi family at PDX airport. Passengers board a United Mainliner 300 plane.
03:43 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge, taken at Multnomah Falls and Crown Point.
05:16 - Families and children playing games. Tsuboi family on swingsets.
06:38 - Scenes of the Tenyo Maru No. 3 ship, docked on the Willamette River in Portland. Tsuboi family aboard ship. Sailor with Japanese flag.
07:36 - Farm Scenes

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Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Mt. Hood Loop Rd 1925 - Scenes aboard Japanese battleship"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring a silent film about Mount Hood Loop Road and home movie footage of a Japanese battleship, the logging industry, and the Columbia River Gorge. Footage is in black-and-white.
00:00 - Silent film, "The Mount Hood Loop Road," produced by W.A. Van Scoy. Scenes of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, taken from the Mount Hood Loop Road. This film was not made by the Tsuboi family.
05:01 - Scenes of a Japanese battleship. Scenes of a city, possibly Seattle.
06:48 - Scenes of a rural area, taken from a moving train. Scenes of the logging industry.
08:05 - Scenes of Mt. Hood, taken from Portland. Unidentified bridge in the foreground.
08:29 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge, some taken from a moving train. Trains in a rural area. Scenes of Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Bonneville Power Plant. Columbia River Highway, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Bonneville power plant at the Bonneville Dam. The road leading to the plant is lined with flowers and a body of water is to the right. There are several power lines in the sky, transmitting electricity from the plant. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Power Plant. Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Christian 507."

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Spillway Gates Bonneville Dam, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Bonneville Dam. Water rushes through several spillway gates, also known as floodgates or stop gates. Handwriting on negative reads, "Spillway Gates Bonneville Dam, Oregon. Christian 11-509."

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