Reed Island is located just east of Troutdale on the Oregon side and Vancouver on the Washington side in the middle of the Columbia Gorge. It is part of Washington State, however, if you're driving west on I-84 on the Oregon side, you can stop at a turnoff that has a sign telling all about the origins of the island. That is where I took this photo from.
"Captain George Vancouver in a voyage of exploration to the northwest coast of America ordered by the British Admiralty Office assigned Lieutenant William Robert Broughton, Commander of H.M.S. Chatham, to explore the navigable waters of the Columbia River with boat crews from his ship. This point marks the farthest inland reached by Broughton who camped overnight on an island within sight of this point on October 30, 1792. By appropriate ceremonies he took possession of the observations on the headland which he called Point Vancouver and on the mountain which he named after
Viscount Hood Admiral of the British Fleet."
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