Beacon Rock

Painted by Michael Feliz in 2014

1118 Main Street, West Wall

In 1901 Frank Smith, with George Purcer and Charles Church, scaled the rock by means of ropes, iron pins and an unlimited amount of nerve. For several years there was a standing offer of $1000 to anyone who succeeded in placing the American flag on the summit. In the early days there was keen rivalry between two steamboat lines whose boats plied the Columbia River, and Frank Smith, of the “Regulator Line,” became the first to unfurl the Stars&Stripes and “Regulator” banner to the breeze. These were the first flags to wave from the summit of Castle Rock, as never before, as far as they could ascertain, had human foot trod there