This view of the old bridge across the Hood River is rich with detail. There's even a heavily loaded horse drawn wagon crossing the bridge, and you can just make out the blur of an automobile speeding across. Based on the downtown buildings this is circa 1915. If you look carefully you can see the Fashion Garage, the Rand Livery, the Mt. Hood Hotel (old and new wings), and the Knights of Pythias Building way up State Street.
I previously thought this bridge was constructed completely out of wood, but the detail visible in this scan makes it clear the main truss was steel with cross braced steel cables. It's possible this truss was a recent addition, as we know the bridge washed out several times between 1900 and when it was replaced about 1920.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
It would be interesting to identify the owners of the different houses on the hillside and how many of the houses and downtown businesses are still present.
Interesting photo. I didn't realize how much fill was put in for the railroad grade.
l.e. on 30th July 2014 @ 7:47am