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.


 I have this photo at Glenwood History Photos.  The "Highlands"  was called Granny's when we came here in 1970.  Debbie Whitmire's father had a barbershop in this building.  The house east of the Highlands, now sits down along the road at the George Hathaway farm and is going through its own renovations.  

Portland is saying 60º on Friday.

Yesterday was Weed Appreciation Day.  
"The dandelion, which has saved peoples from starvation, is a three-tiered food..." and "Raw dandelion greens...have an abundant 14,000 international units of Vitamin A per 100 grams, plus .19 milligrams of thiamine, .26 mg. riboflavin, and 35 jmg. of the vital ascorbic acid." "This same portion of edible greens is further enriched with 198 milligrams of calcium, 76 mg. of sodium and 397 mg. of potassium." (I remember reading somewhere that the blooms are high in lithium also).

Lots of goldfinches in our backyard today.

I love this photo. This hasn't been an easy winter for these guys, but they are smiling and serving.
In recognition of National Agriculture Week the Klickitat Cattlemen and Cattlewomen prepared lunch and a presentation for our students today. Informational pamplets, bookmarks and coloring books were available for the students as well as a collection of books on farming, ranching and cows were donated to the school library. Thank you to Jane Lee, Kristin Cameron, Chris Miller, Travis Miller, Josh Hoctor, John Jorgensen and Clay Schuster.

Temira's Gorge Forecast:

3/29 Incoming snow for the mountain. Incoming nuking wind for the Columbia...Thursday looks much windier as a low pressure system moves eastward and high pressure builds off the coast....
..It's raining, and shall rain all day with lessening rain late in the day. Temps will be in the mid 40's early and the mid 50's this afternoon. Light and variable wind early, light west wind later. 99% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks rainy early, sprinkly midday, and dry in the evening. Temps will be in the low 40's early and the mid 50's in the afternoon. Strong west wind. 99% chance of rainbows. Friday may start off with some frost, especially above 500'. After that, it'll be a dry and sunny day. Temps will be in the upper 30's early and the upper 50's in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. Sunshine. No rainbows......

Peru's cocaine packed in Giant Squid....




Southwest WA Roads

NWS Pendleton




The 1984 Glenwood School Annual, featured a series of  eight local barn photos.  Osmar Kuhnhausen identified the barns by name.   

This barn is on page 3.  Osmar identified it as the H.D. Cole Barn, or the George Gilmer Barn.
One common story I have heard here in the valley is that Samuel Cole and Halsey Dennison Cole were brothers who fought on opposite sides in the Civil War and even though they lived next to each other here in Camas Prairie, they did not speak to each other.  
I don't know about not speaking to each other, but they were both born and raised in New York, and both fought for the Union.  Samuel fought with the 1st New York Regiment Mounted Rifles.  He came to Camas Prairie after his brother H.D. In the 1900 census the two brothers are living together.    Samuel passed away in 1910 and is buried here in Glenwood in the Mt Adams Cemetery.  H.D. Cole was younger than Samuel.  He fought with the Fifth New York Heavy Artillery.  After the war, H.D. returned to New York, learning the business of cheese making.  He then moved on to California where he continued his cheese making business.  In 1879 he came overland by wagon to Klickitat County with the James Shaw family and filed on a homestead in Camas Prairie.  Shaw, was the founder of the present site of Glenwood.  H.D. served as a county commissioner and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, (GAR), which was a Union soldier organization with a meeting hall in Hood River.  H.D. is buried in Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River.
For a time, H.D. and a partner owned the farm that  is now the Headquarters site of the Conboy Wildlife Refuge.
At the time of his death, in 1932 at age 90, H.D. was living with the Bartholomew family in Bingen.  Mrs. Bartholomew was a daughter of J.O. Shaw.     

Update 03/29/2017:  I talked to Keith Kreps today.  They call this barn the Cole Barn.  He thinks it is the oldest barn in the valley.  It is built with wooden square nails.  He and his dad added on the lean to on the north side.  Keith said the house sat east of the barn.    
As for George Gilmer, this link will give you a better story about George than what I can tell.   PIONEER INTERVIEW 1934  


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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