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Multnomah Falls

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Upper Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge, Bridal Veil, Oregon

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Multnomah Falls, among Benson Bridge - Upper and Lower Multnomah Falls some of the tallest waterfalls in America and the tallest in Oregon, drops 620 feet from the top of Larch Mountain. This spring fed, two-tiered falls is one of the most popular stops in the Columbia River Gorge. More than a dozen waterfalls are found on this scenic section of Oregon's U.S. Route 30, along with captivating overhead views of the Columbia River.
     First developed by Samuel C. Lancaster, the Columbia River Highway was built to showcase as many waterfalls and scenic viewpoints as possible along the 70 mile route. The Multnomah Falls site is complimented with early 20th century architecture, the impressive Multnomah Falls Lodge Multnomah Falls Lodge and Benson Bridge. Simon Benson, a Portland area businessman,added the arched span in 1914, giving his visitors a close-up view of the magnificent upper falls. Benson later donated the 300 acre park to the city of Portland.
     The Multnomah Falls Lodge was built in 1925 and once offered rooms for an overnight stay. Today, the lodge houses the USDA Forest Service information center, as well as a snack bar, gift shop and restaurant.

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