Friday, September 17, 2010

The Princess Legend of Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Princess Legend

A legend is told of a terrible sickness that threatened the Multnomah people. An old medicine man revealed that the sickness would pass if a maiden threw herself from a high cliff on the Big River to the rocks below. When the Chief's daughter saw the sickness on her lover's face, she went to the cliff and plunged to her death. Now, when the breeze blows through the water, a livery stream separates from the upper falls. The misty stream fashions a form of the maiden, a token of the Great Spirit's acceptance of her sacrifice.

Multnomah Falls

The illustrious Multnomah Falls are located 30 miles east of Portland in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Photo: Charles A. Blakeslee

unused, bought in 2010

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Multnomah Falls has drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls and a lower falls. The total height of the waterfall is 620 feet (189 m). It is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon.

The bridge you see is the Benson Footbridge, a 45-foot (14 m)-long footbridge that allows visitors to cross above the lower cascade.

No comments: