Columbia River Gorge

 

Troutdale, OR, Postmaster Edmund Rice hand stamps the first purchase of the Columbia Gorge Express stamp.

When the Columbia River Gorge Priority Mail Express stamp was recently unveiled, Post Offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles and Troutdale, OR, began offering a special postmark to commemorate the occasion.Columbia River Gorge

Formed by ancient volcanic activity, glacial flows, and massive ice age floods, the Columbia River Gorge is a natural wonder of the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, the gorge runs along the Columbia River, which forms part of the border between Oregon and Washington. On November 17, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Scenic Area Act, creating the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The diversity of the gorge’s landscapes makes it hospitable to a wide variety of plant and animal life. More than 800 species of wildflowers and flowering shrubs shroud the banks and cliffs surrounding the Columbia River in vibrant color. Peregrine falcons and other raptors nest along the gorge’s rim. Deer, black bears and beavers all find homes among the area’s varied habitats. The blue and silvery waters of the river teem with aquatic life, including native salmon populations.

The stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

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