Washington: Klickitat County

Klickitat County (pop. 20,318) is south of Yakima County, along the Columbia River. The county was named for the Klickitat tribe of Yakama Native Americans.

The John Day Dam (1971) crosses the Columbia between Klickitat County and Oregon. Lake Umatilla is the reservoir behind the dam, which is the newest dam on the lower Columbia.

The county seat of Klickitat County is the city of Goldendale (pop. 3,407), located in the Klickitat Valley, a few miles north of the Columbia.

Mount Adams, from Goldendale

The Klickitat County Courthouse was built in 1941.

Goldendale Observatory State Park is just north of town. The observatory dates from 1973.

Atop a 2,100-foot hill with clear views

The city of White Salmon (pop. 2,193), on the Columbia, has the slogan “The Land Where the Sun Meets the Rain” because it’s between the wet Cascades and the dry Columbia Basin to the east.

Looking toward Mount Hood, Oregon

The Maryhill Museum of Art, on a bluff above the Columbia, was built in 1914 as a mansion for entrepreneur Samuel Hill. It opened as a museum in 1940.

The collection includes sculptures by Auguste Rodin.

The museum property includes a replica of Stonehenge, built in 1929.


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