WELCOME TO  GLENWOOD, WASHINGTON
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Glenwood is located at the foot of Mt Adams,  in the scenic
Glenwood Valley/Camas Prairie
  of Klickitat County
Note.....Mt. Adams is NOT in Klickitat County.

PHOTO BY DARLISA BLACK@ Starlisa.net

Scott, Jessica, Lilly and Emily Molyneux, recently moved to Kotlik Alaska where Jessica will be teaching.  Three days after they arrived some school buildings, including the duplex they were living in, caught fire and burned their home.  There is a GoFundMe Page set up for them. 

Madeline and Lester on their way to Hawaii

Mark Nelsen discusses the pair HERE.
I suspect we will get some weather systems from these as they circle around the upper Pacific.

Our friend Darlisa Black is spending some time in Homer, Alaska.  Be sure to check her public Facebook page for her photos.  My favorite is the blueberries with a toadstool. 

Yesterday's weather 08/29  Low--41.6º: High--85.8º: Wind gust-18 mph: Rain--0.00": Low Pressure--29.88:  High Pressure--30.02:  HumLo--20%:  HumHi--95%

Average wind direction--197º

E.=90º, S.=180º, W.=270º, N.=360º

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A LOOK INTO THE PAST

Automobiles were making  big changes to Klickitat County transportation.  Adeline Schultz Howe, stated in her memoirs that she was working in Portland when a gentleman brought the first automobile to Portland.  In 1913, Sam Hill built, at his own expense, a test road near Maryhill.  He was a big proponent of good roads and in 1905, convinced the Washington State legislature to form a State Highway Department.  When he tried to convince them to build a scenic road along the north bank of the Columbia River, they balked.  So he moved his idea to the Oregon State legislature.  As a result we have the Historic Columbia River Highway, on the Oregon south bank of the river.  Personally, I think that was a better side for a scenic highway.  It has more waterfalls and rock cliffs and you can look across at the more agricultural side of the north bank.         

GLENWOOD--CAMAS PRAIRIE

Glenwood is a small farming, ranching and logging community located in the Glenwood Valley on the southeast side of Mt Adams.  In early days, the valley was called Camas Prairie, for the wild Camas plant that grows in the lake bottom and  was harvested by Native Americans. Sometimes it creates a field of blue that from a distance appears like water.      "Lake bottom" is what the locals refer to as the part of the valley that floods in the spring with snow melt.  It forms a large lake which eventually drains down the canal into the Mill Pond, then Outlet Creek and over Outlet Falls to the Klickitat River.
In the spring, the "lake bottom" turns purple with blooming Camas.  During the summer, the "lake bottom" becomes a grassy valley used by ranchers for hay and  home to ducks, geese, Sand hill cranes, swans,  elk, frogs, deer and any of us that want to gaze upon its beauty and diversity, although access to the "lake bottom" is limited since more than 6500 acres is owned by the Federal Government.   

Peter Conboy was one of the first to establish a homestead in the valley  and the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge carries the family name.  But don't bring your boat expecting to find a lake to play in.  

The 1917 Washington Historical Quarterly of place names says:
   CAMAS PRAIRIE,  in Klickitat County north of Fulda and west of Conboy Lake.  On August 12, 1853, the railroad surveyors in command of Captain (later General)  George B. McClellan camped on the prairie and called it Tahk Prairie.  The United States land office map of 1897 shows the name Camas Prairie. 
 A common question we hear is..."Where's Glenwood?"  In fact...the Glenwood General Store sells T shirts that say,  "Where in the hell is Glenwood?"
The easiest answer is, "Go one hour east of Portland,  to Hood River.  Cross the Columbia River into Klickitat County Washington and we are  40 minutes north of White Salmon.  Trout Lake is to our west, Goldendale to the east and The Yakama Indian Reservation to the north. We are between the White Salmon and Klickitat River drainages.
 

If you have any questions about the Glenwood area send a message and I will try to find a knowledgeable person to answer them.
Thanks for visiting this website.
Laurene Eldred

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