In 1963, W. Kirk Braun proposed names for a series of waterfalls in the Salmon River Gorge, between Linney and Copper creeks. Most of the names are descriptive, including (from downstream to upstream) Final, Frustration, Vanishing, Little Niagara and Split falls on the Salmon River, and Hideaway Falls on Tumbling Creek. The largest and farthest upstream is Stein Falls, a name honoring Bobby and Johnny Stein of Welches, who were killed in World War II.

In the summer of 1963, a subcommittee of the Oregon Geographic Names Board consisting of Herbert Stone (U.S. Forest Service), Thomas Vaughan (Oregon Historical Society) and Donald Sterling (Editor, Oregon Journal) made a field inspection, and reported that names like Frustration Falls were most appropriate, as much of the river bank is nearly inaccessible from the trail. Rare photos from the original naming expedition are pictured below, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

The relatively recent discovery and naming of the waterfalls along the Salmon is surprising. The canyon is very close to Portland, and just a few miles off the Barlow Road, where settlers claimed land along the lower Salmon more than 150 years ago. When viewing the images from the historic naming expedition, it is also hard to imagine that in the 1960s, the federal government was planning to dam the Salmon River to harness the power of these waterfalls, and in building a new trans-Cascade highway through the gorge.

Thankfully, these plans were never realized, and the creation of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness in 1984 forever protected the river from such "progress".

(Source: Oregon Geographic Names, 4th ed.)

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