This is "Trapper Oldfield" warming himself (and drying his boots and gloves) in front of the fire at Cloud Cap Inn. I've seen another image of him in front of one of the out buildings up at Cloud Cap, so I winder if he lived on the premises in the early days. Can anyone fill us in on the history of "Trapper Oldfield"?
Have never heard of him before. He might have been some old trapper that lived up there in "them thar hills" at the time. It appears that he got around on snow shoes. Appears that he has good boots with nice heavy liners. At least he seems prepared for the weather.
Interesting how they tucked the gloves in the rocks there. I see he has his coat hanging up there drying. There is another coat hanging back there on the wall. I also notice the stick that was their fire poker.
That rocking chair may very well be one of those that are still up there.
Charlott on 13th July 2015 @ 7:17am
Is he wearing a "union suit".
I wish we could hear some of his stories.
I was camping this weekend and just got done scrubbing one of the blackened pots. Did they ever scrub these pots or did they just let the black build up?
L.E. on 13th July 2015 @ 7:56am
Oh glenwood, I mean L.E., I bet he has many great stories....,I'd like to hear one of a wintertime tale of survival. What luxury sitting in front of that fireplace, it still is today, especially in the winter with deep snows all around! Ask the rats.
James Holloway on 13th July 2015 @ 8:42am
White Salmon artist and photographer Linda Steider just did a blog about her June 2015 guided tour of Cloud Cap.
L.E. on 13th July 2015 @ 11:06am
How come we have never heard of this early native and mountain man?
nels on 13th July 2015 @ 12:35pm
One of my thoughts when I saw the name of this photo, was, "This would be a good subject for Fred Oldfield".
Fred is a well known western artist. He grew up in the Toppenish area and painted many of their murals.
There was an Abner Oldfield living in The Dalles about the time of this photo.
L.E. on 13th July 2015 @ 3:16pm
Fred Oldfield wasn't born until 1918 and I think this was taken much earlier.
Best coffee made in old pots never really cleaned up....
Charlott on 16th July 2015 @ 7:18am
This guy was my grandmother great uncle, Her name was Mary Leasure (Draper) He was great grandmother, who was a Henson (Leasure) Uncle.by her mother side .So i guess he 's my great,great great uncle. What i know about him is he had built a trappers cabin up at the head of Bear creek and spent many winters trapping pine martens There is still the dug out bank where the cabin stood and some markings in the trees where he hung his traps.
Terry Draper on 6th October 2017 @ 12:00pm