Plummeting 620 feet into the basalt basin below is the beautiful cascade of Multnomah Falls. It has been a popular attraction in the state of Oregon for over a century. In fact, the famous wooden bridge that crosses below the falls has been in place since 1914.
The waterfall is thought to have been formed over 15,000 years ago as a result of the Missoula Floods. It is named after the Multnomah people who were Native Americans who once lived in this region. They credited the waterfall with being created after a young woman jumped to her death on the cliff to save her people from a terrible plague.
Since the falls tumble within the Columbia River Gorge, Merriweather Lewis and William Clark made mention of the falls in their journal on their trek west.
The falls have long been a loved natural attraction in the state. From being a railroad stop in the late 1800s to one of the most visited waterfalls in the United State today, it has forged quite the history.
Located a short drive east of Portland, this waterfall is the tallest in the state and the second tallest waterfall in the United States that flows year round.
Multnomah Falls are located within the Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area which is about 30 miles east of downtown Portland. For more information about the falls, please visit the official website here.
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