Thursday, August 8, 2013

Multnomah Falls

Beautiful Falls near Portland

Ge'gwapsgug - "at the top of the falls"

We visited Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, which is apparently the second tallest year-round waterfall in the US. Lots of info about the falls at the lodge, but very little about the people who gave their name to this water feature. I asked at the gift shop and one of the vendors thought it "might be an Indian name." I googled it and learned that the Multnomah were a tribe of Chinookan people who lived around Portland up to the 19th century, but were decimated by disease and essentialy vanished. It seems only the name of the Falls is left to remember them. (And while we did climb, we never did get to "the top of the falls!")

There is a Wasco legend about the creation of the Falls.