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Wahkeena Chapter

Portland, Oregon

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Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls


Wahkeena Chapter DAR began in April 1932 and was the 23rd chapter in Oregon State and the 4th chapter in Portland. The name, Wahkeena, was chosen as it is a Native American Indian word meaning "Most Beautiful". Wahkeena Falls is found in the Columbia Gorge, along the old Columbia River highway. The Columbia Gorge has the largest number of waterfalls in North America from the Multnomah Falls that drop 620 ft to the tiny Punch Bowl Falls at 15 ft. Wahkeena Falls cascade down 242 ft and is considered a tiered waterfall with three distinct tiers. The falls flow into Wahkeena Creek and then eventually into the Columbia River. Wahkeena Falls was originally called Gordon Falls after an early pioneer. The name was changed in 1915 when the old Columbia River Highway was completed. Winnemucca Society, Children of the American Revolution, was also founded in 1932, as a joint sponsorship with Mt. Hood Chapter DAR.

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