Shell Rock Mountain
At the Starvation Creek State Park there is a bronze plaque commemorating the beginning of the building of the first section of the Columbia River Highway in 1912.
On May 30, 1912, 18 convicts began to carve a route through what had been thought to be an impassable barrier. The convicts were stationed at Camp Benson, located at the West end of the mountain. The camp was named after lumber magnate Simon Benson, who donated $10,000 to the project.
This Shellrock Mountain is one of several in Oregon.
“Mountains of this name are so called because the rock of which they are composed breaks off in platy chunks and piles up in long slopes, like shelled corn.”
Oregon Geographic Names (McArthur and McArthur, 2003)
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