What would have been the name(s) of this station prior to it becoming Cascade Locks? What year was the name changed to Cascade Locks?
Longshot on 26th May 2015 @ 7:47am
Others can fill in the dates and details, but essentially the locks were built to make steam paddlewheel travel safer; the railroad made river travel less necessary. The railroad came after the locks, therefore it would have been Cascade Locks station from beginning.
spinsur on 26th May 2015 @ 8:48am
Not exactly-- Work on the locks started before the railroad came through (1882/1883), but funding was sporadic and construction wasn't completed until 1896, after about 20 years of work. I think I posted some photos of the construction from 1883, taken from the railroad tracks when the canal was far from complete.
Wikipedia claims the final push to complete the canal/locks was to break the rail monopoly on freight.
To answer Longshot's question-- I think by the time the railroad came the station served the town of workers constructing the locks, so my guess is they always called the station "Cascade Locks".
The river and the rail competed for freight-- I know when Hood River got it's new fire engine it came by steamer (1920). The steamship captain brought it for free, and the city council wrote a nice thank you letter.
Arthur on 26th May 2015 @ 9:31am
Neat photo, yes, a train would have been a nice addition but this is great just as it is.
According to McArthur, it was named Cascade Locks in 1878, the year the locks construction was started and when the post office was established.
And speaking of paddle wheelers, the Portland was out this last Saturday and will be running one Saturday each month through October....short trips but a steamer with a GREAT whistle. More info: Oregon Maritime Museum.
Arlen Sheldrake on 26th May 2015 @ 10:26am
Trying to see HHR on an I phone is the pitts.
Wasn't there a monopoly by a company with both rail and river? Did Oregon Navigation something or other have both?
l.e. on 26th May 2015 @ 12:44pm
Wonder what or whose the large house between station and river was
Kenn on 26th May 2015 @ 4:27pm
Check photo #196. Is that the same house?
l.e. on 26th May 2015 @ 6:50pm
The 1860 Census for Wasco County called the area Falls Precinct, with the Post Office called Cascades.
Jeffrey Bryant on 26th May 2015 @ 8:24pm
The publication, "Official Register of the United States containing a list of Officers and Employes in the Civil, Military and Naval Service on the First of July, 1883", mentions the name Cascade Locks, so the name CL would have been in use at about the time the railroad was built.
Longshot on 27th May 2015 @ 3:22am
I drove through CL today and wondered where the train station sat.
Arlen answers the question at photo #395.
We also have a summer and winter view of the train station.
L.E. on 27th May 2015 @ 7:31pm
Before construction started on the Cascade Locks, this place was called Cascades or more formally, Upper Cascades in reference to the upper end of a stretch of falls and particularly swift current which occurred between this place and just below present-day Skamania Landing, where the river widens.
The Oregon Steam Navigation Company had a monopoly on river and railroad transportation during the 1860s, until they sold out to Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company.
The steam ship on the river in this photo is the Bailey Gatzert. She is heading into the channel, most likely just after leaving the Locks.
Mike on 4th August 2015 @ 11:59pm