Our Daily Sykes #115 – Chelan Butte

We continue from Daily Sykes #114 and join Horace on the east side of the Columbia River to look west towards Chelan Butte. The Columbia River can be glimpsed on the left and Lake Chelan on the right. Horace may have reached this prospect with friends in that Jeep. Or he drove his Chevy. (We will venture that the Jeep here takes the place of the "close subject" - often a blooming plant - that Horace likes to include in his landscapes.) The entrance to the Chelan River Canyon is seen, in part, above the Jeep's hood. The curve in the "old road" from which #114 was photographed is less than a mile up the river's canyon. Part of the west shore of the river can be made out directly in front of the Jeep. Next we note Stormy Mountain. It is the highest point to the right of Chelan Butte's summit. Stormy reaches 7,180 feet and the Butte, 3824 feet. There are roads to both summits. The Butte is a favorite launch for hang gliders. Horace's view dates from around 1950. We will visit Stormy again below. (Please Click to Enlarge)
The southern slope of Chelan Butte is included here on the right. The subject has its own caption, lower-left. It was also taken from the east side of the Columbia River, and with a little perseverance one can come within a few feet of this now century-old scene (and Sykes above subject as well) with a steady ride on the Gogglecopter. Try it.
A look at a snow-covered Stormy mountain over the town of Lake Chelan at the southern end of Lake Chelan. This view is by Lindsley, a grandson of Seattle pioneers David and Louisa Denny. Lindsley had a summer home on the lake and lived and worked there (as a photographer) for many years before returning to Seattle and a bungalow in Wallingford. (Courtesy Dan Kerlee)
Jean's repeat of Lindsley's subject. I think Jean took this in 2005 for our book "Washington Then and Now" and it is included in it.
An Ellis look up a street in Lake Chelan, which you (and not I) may date by the vehicles. Ellis recorded and sold as postcards street views of most towns in Washington State. His own home was in Arlington.
How one once reached Lake Chelan on the old road beside the canyon. This too is by Lindsley, as his own caption, lower-right, reveals.
A later and motorized scene on the old road - we think. Jean and I nearly came to blows on this one - and over a long-distant phone. While hanging from a cliff preparing to take a "now" or "repeat" for this scene (the one shared next) we argued about his position. He had the advantage of being there. I was in my Wallingford basement studying the photographs, and maps and such. Although my home is less than one block from Lindsley's old Wallingford home this did not give me any advantage of my own. The view is from above the Columbia River and Lindsley looks north up the big river. (Courtesy Michael Fairly)
Jean's precarious repeat of the Lindsley subject.
Where the new road, bottom-right, leaves the old road, which crosses the elegantly arched concrete bridge over the Chelan River before following the southern side of the gorge up to the town of Lake Chelan. This photograph was also snapped by Horace Sykes.
Another recording of the Chelan River Canyon (or Gorge) bridge, this one by Hugh Paradise, who for many years wrote short and poetic travel pieces for Sunset Magazine that were ordinarily illustrated with his own black and white photographs, like this one. From here it is 2.4 miles and 3000 feet to the top of Chelan Butte, which can be seen here at the top of the photograph. This tree-dappled ravine which leads to the top of the Butte may be easily found in the top photograph by Horace - the one with the Jeep. When there is water running through it, this end of the canyon or gorge is called the Chelan River Falls. The water is controlled by the Chelan PUD's dam upstream at Lake Chelan. The PUD is currently cooperating with kayakers in a test of this lower end - the falls - where for about a third-of-a-mile the rock strewn river makes an invigorating and risky challenge for Kayakers if enough water is let through the canyon.

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