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Benson Footbridge Across the Multnomah Falls  by Chuck Gardner

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Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. Unusually cold weather can freeze the plummeting water into a majestic ice-sickle. It is fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually it’s highest during winter and spring.The complementing architecture around the falls, Benson Footbridge and Multnomah Falls Lodge are features that makes this waterfall special.Benson Bridge, crafted by Italian stone masons, allows visitors to cross the falls between it’s lower and upper cataracts. In 1914, Simon Benson, a prominent businessman and owner of the falls at that time, erected the bridge. Before then, a log bridge was in its place. Benson gave the 300 acre site to the City of Portland. In 1943, final ownership of the site and lodge was transferred to the USDA Forest Service.The Lodge was built in 1925 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic American Engineering Record, Multnomah Falls Footbridge (Benson Footbridge), HAER 0R-OR-36-ITaken with a Canon PowerShot SX10 IS on Aug 26, 2009 while on a day trip up the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous image, Chuck, it’s been years since I saw this gorgeous waterfall. I was still using 35mm back then. I need to return and get some digitals. Enjoyed your text, very much! Dee

  • Thanks Dee, you really should get up there near the end of the winter when it at its best. There are so many other waterfall also to shoot on the Historic Columbia River Highway drive. I took them all and this is the only one I’ve posted…. LOL… Your only 5hr’s away…See you their…Chuck

    – Chuck Gardner

  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJalmost 5 years ago

    Oh wow! This is absolutely gorgeous!. Whats it like in the first few weeks of March? Might be able to swing up that way while I am in the Us then, this sounds like it would be worth a visit to the area.

  • Thank You Selina, I sent you a B-mail…


    – Chuck Gardner

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    I was just in that area this weekend!!! Great capture Chuck!!! :D

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    What a beauty Chuck I had to favor this one.Well done my friend….Tom

  • Thanks Tom, Glad you like it and added it to your favorites, my friend…~Chuck

    – Chuck Gardner

  • robmac
    robmacalmost 5 years ago

    A great looking place to be Chuck and the info on it helps greatly to my friend

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyalmost 5 years ago

    Hey Chuck, I’ve been here as well and it could be our best classic waterfall spot in the US. It’s gorgeous for sure. After I failed to capture its entiretly it inspired me to buy a wider angle lens. Next time I will be ready for it’s grandeur capture. You did a great job.

  • Jon Staniland
    Jon Stanilandalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic image Chuck! Happy New Year mate!! :-)

  • Thanks Mate, Same to you Jon, may all your days in 2010 be grand and plentiful, with a good shot around every corner, my friend….

    – Chuck Gardner

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