THIS IS GLENWOOD
Glenwood is a small farming, ranching and logging community located in the Glenwood Valley on the southeast side of Mt Adams. In early days, the valley was called Camas Prairie, for the wild Camas plant that grows in the lake bottom and was harvested by Native Americans. Sometimes it creates a field of blue that from a distance appears like water. "Lake bottom" is what the locals refer to as the part of the valley that floods in the springwith snow melt. It forms a large lake which eventually drains down the canal into the Mill Pond, then Outlet Creek and over Outlet Falls to the Klickitat River.
In the spring, the "lake bottom" turns purple with blooming Camas. During the summer, the "lake bottom" becomes a grassy valley used by ranchers for hay and home to ducks, geese, Sand hill cranes, swans, elk, frogs, deer and any of us that want to gaze upon its beauty and diversity, although access to the "lake bottom" is limited since more than 6500 acres is owned by the Federal Government.
Peter Conboy was one of the first to establish a homestead in the valley and the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge carries the family name. But don't bring your boat expecting to find a lake to play in.
The 1917 Washington Historical Quarterly of place names says:
CAMAS PRAIRIE, in Klickitat County north of Fulda and west of Conboy Lake. On August 12, 1853, the railroad surveyors in command of Captain (later General) George B. McClellan camped on the prairie and called it Tahk Prairie. The United States land office map of 1897 shows the name Camas Prairie.
A common question we hear is..."Where's Glenwood?" In fact...the Glenwood General Store sells T shirts that say, "Where in the hell is Glenwood?"
The easiest answer is, "Go one hour east of Portland, to Hood River. Cross the Columbia River into Klickitat County Washington and we are 40 minutes north of White Salmon. Trout Lake is to our west, Goldendale to the east and The Yakama Indian Reservation to the north. We are between the White Salmon and Klickitat River drainages.