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Hastings to speak on the Cascade Rapids


The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum will present an informative presentation on the Cascades, a series of three historically important rapids on the Columbia River. Les Hastings, a retired Stevenson High School math and science teacher, will give the talk Sunday, July 22, at the museum, beginning at 2 p.m.

“The Cascades were very important to the early settlers,” explained Hastings. “They were the original gateway for pioneers from the east going to the great northwest. The Lewis and Clark Expedition did the first pass through of the Cascades for the United States, and not long after that pioneers using the Oregon Trail followed them and opened up the Willamette Valley,...

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