Black and white image of four men, one of whom is shoveling smelt from the bottom of a boat into wooden boxes. The boxes have the words "From the Columbia River Smelt Co. Kelso, Wash." stamped on them. The man doing the shoveling is an older man with his back to the camera. He is wearing a hat with a brim, a long-sleeved shirt, a vest with a large hole in the back, workpants and shoes. To his left, a younger man kneels, holding on to one of th boxes with his right hand. He is wearing a brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and pants. In another boat facing the camera is an elderly man dressed in a suit, with jacket, white shirt and bowtie, and a brimmed hat. Next to him in the boat is a younger man, without a hat, wearing work pants, and a long-sleeved shirt with the collar pulled up around his neck. Behind them is the river and the opposite shore can be seen in the distance.
A black and white view of the toll bridge built across the Columbia River to link Hood River, Oregon, with the vicinity of Bingen, Washington. Built in the 1920s. This view is looking south towards Hood River and shows Mt. Hood, Hood River, and the Hood River Valley in the distance. Deciduous trees line both shores, and the hills in the background are fairly well forested, with conifers primarily in evidence. Buildings are visible in the middle ground on the low hills, especially to the right. A slight haze hangs over the valley in the distance but in the foreground the shadows of a sunny day are strong.
A black and white image identified as a view of Maryhill, Washington, from Samuel Hill's property, showing two steamboats moored at the town. In the foreground are rock outcrops; the hill down which we gaze is covered with grasses and other plants. The meadow extends down the hill; on the flatter areas of the riverbank near the town is cropland to the right and an area forested with conifers to the left. A road winds its way through the picture, and some town buildings are visible. Beyond flows the Columbia River, and behind it the bluffs that rise up to the Columbia Plateau on the Oregon side of the river.
A train of the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company steams through the midground of this black and white image, taken from the south side of the Columbia River. There is one locomotive and about 10 cars on the train. In the foreground is a pond, mostly encircled by trees except to the left, where ruts of a dirt road can be seen. The train travels on an embankment. Behind it can be seen the river, with low, sparsely-treed hills rising beyond. There are puffy clouds in the sky.
Black and white image of cascades of the Columbia River. A man is standing on one of two large rocks in the foreground on the right hand side. Trees and mountains are visible in the background. A large rock in the middle of the river is prominent in the forground of the image.
A black and white image of a view from above the Columbia River. There is a paved road with a fence along it in the foreground. A sign beyond the fence warns that "no parking on pavement is allowed". The road appears to be running along a cliff in this area. Below are conifers and deciduous trees. Along the shores of the river buildings are visible among the trees and meadows. In the background a steep, intermittently-wooded bluff rises. In the middle of the photograph is a low-lying area of land that may be an island. In the top right of the photograph the river changes course with a bend to the left.
A black and white image of Castle Rock on the Columbia River. Fir trees line the riverbank and the shoreline in the immediate foreground is covered with stones and pebbles. Five rowboats or sailboats surround a small steamboat. An American flag is visible on one end of the steamboat. One person is in each of four of the smaller boats; the fifth boat is empty and is close to shore.
Black and white image showing construction on the Ariel Dam. In the distance are trees along the top of the hillside. In the upper right of the picture is a wooden structure consisting of scaffolding and a building with wooden steps leading down from it. This structure is on a dirt hillside leading down to a body of water. At the base of the steps is an automobile from the 1920s. In the center of the image is a wooden building with some barrels stacked behind it. There are wires stretched across the image leading down to a hook that is being positioned by a construction worker. A fish truck is being constructed across the water in the lower part of the image. Ariel Dam is one in a string of huge power development units on the Lewis River. With its headwaters in the icefields on the western slopes of Mount Adams, the Lewis River flows westward through Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the western boundary of Skamania County. From there to the Columbia River, it represents the boundary between Cowlitz County and Lewis County.
Black and white image of men in a boat taking fish from a fish trap on the Columbia River. The trap is constructed of tall wooden poles with nets strung in between them. There are four men in the boat, all wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats. A fish can be seen on the far right as it is being pulled into the boat. In the background can be seen other fish traps and the opposite bank of the river. Trees line the riverbank. Written on the bottom left of the image are the words "278 J.F.Ford."