Thursday, December 04, 2008

Broughton Beach expedition

Broughton Beach


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Sure, it's Oregon in December, but occasionally the sun comes out, and then it's time to go to the beach. So here are a few photos from Broughton Beach, which is actually a river beach on the Columbia, next to the west end of the airport. I was about to say it's not a "real" beach since it's not on the ocean. But it does have water and sand, and I think that's pretty much the dictionary definition of "beach", so I guess it counts as one. And "real" or not, it's a lot closer than the ocean, so there's that at least, and it's not all that noisy unless there's a jet taking off next door.

Broughton Beach

A 2007 Oregonian article insists you can't be a real Portlander until you've hung out here on a hot summer day. That must only be true for out-of-towners moving here; I've lived here most of my life, and I'd never been there before today. And I still haven't been there on a hot summer day.

The place is probably packed with screaming kids in the summer anyway. This morning, in contrast, I was the only person there for a while, and then a few people showed up with dogs. It seems to be a popular place for that. The long, flat Marine Drive Trail runs past Broughton Beach, so running and cycling are popular here too. Plus there's watching fireworks. And there's just hanging out on the beach, too, I guess.

Broughton Beach

This used to be a Multnomah County park, but it was handed over to Metro back in the 90's along with the boat ramp next door, and all the other Multnomah County parks.

Broughton Beach

The beach is named after one Lt. Broughton, and assistant to George Vancouver when they explored the area way back in 1792. Broughton Bluff, near Troutdale, and Broughton Landing, further upstream near Hood River, are named after the same guy.

A page about Broughton Beach at Columbia River Images mentions that it was once known as "Diddlers Beach". I can sort of understand why the name was changed. A name like that is liable to attract the wrong sort of person.

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2 comments :

John D said...

I discovered Broughton Beach pretty soon after I came to Portland, but have just recently grown to really appreciate it. A nice view of the mountain and enough sand to dig your toes in. My third favorite city beach after Swan Island and Kelley Point.

bigcrotchdan said...

They called it diddlers beach in the 70s because it was a good necking place..and for drinking beer. and on the 4th of july back then u were trapped from from a huge traffic jam ,,and so many fireworks u thought u were in nam.