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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle contributor 

Offbeat Oregon History - Was the Bridge of the Gods a real thing? Almost certainly, yes


August 1, 2019


An illustration titled "Wrecked in the Rapids," showing an Oregon Trail emigrant party coming to grief in the Cascades, from Frances Fuller Victor's book Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains.

The opening scene of The Warlord of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs' third "John Carter of Mars" book, has the hero paddling up the great River Iss as it flows out of a long, dark underground passage, in hot pursuit of a suspected spy.

It is very likely that Burroughs – who spent some time in the late 1800s as a cowboy and later a gold-dredge operator in the Snake River country of Idaho and Eastern Oregon – got the idea for this feature from the Native American legends of the Bridge of the Gods, on the Columbia River.

The legend – or legends, rather, since there are as many different vers...

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