In the destruction of the Bridge of the Gods its fragments created a great rapid called by Europeans the Cascades (thus also giving name to the mountain range the river cut through on its way to reach the Pacific), that required a lock to navigate by steamboats -at where else but?- Cascade Locks.
Perhaps as additional punishment, for the younger, more incautious Wyeast and Loowit, they got stuck with names of British dignitaries! Admiral Hood was a favorite of Captain Vancouver. It is interesting to Americans that the only blot on Lord Samuel Hood record was his failure in 1781 to relieve land troops under General Cornwallis at Yorktown. The St. Helens link is a bit more bizarre. Baron St. Helens was Englands ambassador to Spain in 1790 when the Nootka affair erupted (Spain and England squabbling over what is now Vancouver Island, B.C.) prompted England to prepare for war. An English ship was seized on, and St Helens backed Spain down. Vancouver on HMS Discovery sighted a snowcapped mountain from sea, and in honor of the diplomatic hero, named it Mt. St. Helens.
Phato was tagged to be the first of the Presidential Range. It is not know for sure which President Adams, either, though son John Quincy, diplomatic efforts for the area suggest the later. Just as Lewis and Clark mistook Pahtoe for St. Helens, and Boston schoolmaster fist applied the name Adams to Mt. Hood.
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