This is the real Koberg beach, not the imposter I posted a while back. You can see this was much farther east, based on the view of the bridge and Strawberry Mountain. Note the bridge has not yet been modified to accommodate the rising waters behind the Bonneville dam. In 1937 the bridge decking was raised and a lift span added.
This image is from a professional 8"x10" period negative. I will post a nice detail from it tomorrow, so no need to strain your eyes trying to see the kids' faces.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
this was after the real "hay days" of Koberg Beach. The only "toy" left at this late date is the wheel. The wheel worked much like a "chipmunk" exercise wheel. Kids would get inside and get it moving as fast as they could, then the kids you see on the platform would step onto the outside of the wheel and it would fling them off into the water. The big slides of earlier years and the other "toy's are all gone. My guess is that this photo was taken from the top of the Pavillion from the positioning.
If I recall what I was told by family members Koberg's really died out with WWII.
Charlott on 21st July 2011 @ 7:21am
Love this picture. Look the guy on the lower far right. I think he is noticing that someone is taking the picture. Also, the "swim lesson" going on in the middle section. I can almost hear the teacher yelling "kick, kick, kick". What a great image of a summer time past.
Connie on 21st July 2011 @ 7:37am
Looks like a thunder cloud building up in the background.
l.e. on 21st July 2011 @ 7:43am
Where are all the girls?
Kay on 21st July 2011 @ 9:05am
Great question! In the set of negatives we have an image of busloads of girls waiting outside the gates, and another one of busloads of boys. Maybe they had separate field trips? No pics of the girls in the water.
Arthur on 21st July 2011 @ 10:54am
Quite probably the swim instructor could have been Prince Koberg, son of Johannes (John) and Emma (Lage) Koberg. Prince was a TREMENDOUS swimmer, and teacher. Everyone knew who Prince was in relationship to the Columbia Rover at Koberg's Beach.
Charlott on 21st July 2011 @ 7:10pm
I see at least 6 girls in this photo.
andrew b on 10th August 2011 @ 12:53pm
Since Koberg is my maiden name, I was surprised to see the sign for this along the road on my trip to Hood River last week. A little Internet research indicated that this Koberg was born in Germany, which puzzled me because my Koberg roots are Swedish. Does anyone know where I can get more information on this place and these Kobergs?
Jane Koberg Moore on 6th July 2013 @ 10:43am
Johannes Koberg (1865-1949) was born in Kiel (Schleswig-Holstein) Germany. Johannes was the son of Karl Heinrich Christopher Koberg born in Gettorf, Germany. I hope this helps you as this is as far back as my records take me. A better resource may be the local museum (which I have not visited yet). Good Luck!
Eric Tucker on 7th October 2013 @ 7:12pm
Thanks, Eric. Very interesting because I never thought of Koberg as a German name.
Jane Koberg Moore on 29th December 2013 @ 3:58pm
Look up Schleswig-Holstein on Wikipedia. Schleswig had never been part of Germany until 1864, but was considered part of Denmark. The history of the region may explain why the Koburg family left.
Jeffrey Bryant on 30th December 2013 @ 5:15am
I have not seen mentioned the gas pipe change when the bridge was fitted with a lift. I though it clever to run it up one tower, span between them and down the other, with barber pole striping between the towers..
Kenn on 3rd July 2014 @ 8:39pm
It was a pretty busy beach in the 70's.
Libby Bickford on 7th January 2017 @ 8:30pm