This 1910 Benjamin Gifford image is part of a set of albums which were given to the Hood River Commercial Club by William McMurray, the General Passenger Agent for the Oregon Rail & Navigation Company and Southern Pacific Company Lines. It shows the bridge taking an irrigation canal across one of the branches of the Hood River. I suspect one of you can identify the spot for us.
Looks to me to be right above the Punch Bowl
Dan K on 20th May 2013 @ 7:08am
That looks to be the original flume over the Hood River. Here is a previous photo of that same location after the flume was rebuilt-
Dan on 20th May 2013 @ 7:21am
Now days the flume doesn't go around the outside of the that bluff. Mr. Davenport hired labors to come in and chisel a canal through the bluff.
Dan on 20th May 2013 @ 7:57am
I assume I have the right area:
From a history:
"The beginning of the open canal and current project area issues from two parallel, 48- inch diameter steel pipes supported
by a steel trestle, which spans the Hood River. The trestle, known as High Bridge, was constructed circa 1964. The trestle originally supported a wooden flume which was replaced by pipe in 2004. Once on the north side of the river, the canal traverses a
steep slope and cuts intermittently through basalt bedrock formations"......
It was thought that Chinese workers had built the tunnel through the bedrock, but....
"A newspaper article recently discovered in archived files in the procession of F.I.D. indicates that the tunnel was constructed by the Civil Works Administration (CWA) personnel. Per the article, the tunnel was completed on March 23, 1934..."
l.e. on 20th May 2013 @ 3:17pm