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Welcome to
Glenwood, WA... Weather:
 Located in Klickitat County   
at the foot of Mt Adams

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OK.....I am going to try something new.  I have set up a Glenwood History Photo website.     Please feel free to make comments about the photos and help open a discussion about our community. 

Glenwood Washington History Photos


  • When: Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Glenwood Washington
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Glenwood Community Church and Glenwood Country Store will be hosting a free Old Fashion 4th of July.

    Event starts at 8am-10am at the Church with a breakfast by the Youth Group. Donation only

    10am-12pm is Softball game  at the school

    12:00-1pm is the unveiling of the pig roast and a potluck BBQ, so bring a non alcoholic beverage and a dish to share

    Then there will be music by Rebecca Dela Torree from Seattle from 1pm-5pm

    We will have a  lot of games for the kids.

    This a great family event.


    Call if you have any questions 

    John and Tina Jorgensen


Perhaps the first Fourth of July Celebration in the Camas Prairie/Glenwood Valley!! 
July Fourth of 1868 or 1869.
Because of the winters, there were no permanent settlers in the valley, but stockmen  from the White Salmon area would drive their cattle here in the summer to graze. 

  From the memoirs of Albert J Thompson who spent summers here herding cattle for Mr and Mrs Elisha S.  Tanner. 
"On the Fourth of July we had a novel flag-raising, possibly the first on that prairie, and certainly Old Glory has not since floated in that valley from a loftier or more substantial "staff"
   Near the corrals stood a giant pine tree.  Its lower branches were about twenty feet from the ground.  I first threw a rope over the lower one, then putting the flag  (a small one)  in my pocket, and tying a small straight stick to my belt, I managed to reach the lower limb;  from there it was not difficult to climb to the very top, where I fastened the little flag to its staff, and this to the tree.  "All day long, that free flag tossed", but not, "Over the heads of a rebel host";  and at nightfall I climbed that tree again and "lowered the Colors".  I wish I owned that little flag now, that I might give it to the keeping of the Pioneers of Western Klickitat County.

JULY 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 9: Fire ecology in NW Forests
A presentation that promises to be interesting, and possibly controversial: Dr. Dominick DellaSala of Geos Institute will share a talk based on his new book, The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Forest Fires: Nature's Phoenix.

Hood River County Library, 502 State Street, 6 p.m., on Wed., July 9.


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.  

 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.

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