Waterfall Wednesday

I visited Multnomah Falls in April of 2018. It is the tallest waterfall in Oregon at 620 feet. Over two million people come to the falls making it the most visited natural attraction in the northwestern United States. The waterfall is fed by underground springs.

By the 1880s a bridge was constructed at its present position and trains provided a stop at Multnomah Falls for tourists. The bridge was dismantled in 1899.  In 1915, the Progressive Business Men’s Club of Portland, Simon Benson, and the United States Forest Service contributed money to build a trail and lookout around the falls. Benson hired Italians stonemasons to construct the forty-five foot long bridge. Now known as the Benson Footbridge it stands 105 feet from the lower falls. Later that year Benson donated the falls and the land to the City of Portland. The Oregon Railway and Navigation Company donated their land at the base of the falls with agreement that a lodge would be built there. The Multnomah Falls Lodge was completed in 1925.

I was unable to explore the trails and bridge during my visit. They were closed due to damage from the Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017.

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