This W.D. Rodgers view of a train crossing the Hood River approaching the OWR&N Company depot is part of a stereo pair. I date it circa 1900, as I can see a glimpse of the Lost Lake Lumber Company mill which was located on the point where the interstate bridge landing is now. That mill was built about 1900 and moved to Dee about 1906.
In a few years that bridge would be replaced and the wooden trestle would be replaced with the rock dikes we see today. The flood plain of the Hood River is far more heavily vegetated today.
I wonder if that pile of cord wood is for the locomotive, or if it is used to keep the station comfortable.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
A cord of wood is 4ft.x 4ft x 8ft. Would guess more than 5 cord in that pile of wood.
Buzz on 14th October 2015 @ 7:11am
Wish I had the wood in my shed............ Appears to be a little siding track. Maybe to shove an engine up to load the wood....The poles? Wonder if those are to be used some way in future maintance of the tressle or loaded onto the train. They look awfully long.
You can see on the tressle the water line where the water apparently came up when the river was high.
Charlott on 14th October 2015 @ 7:17am
I would guess the short wood dumped here to be for heating stoves, brought in by rail and dropped off as the only engine wood I have seen was 3' or more. I remember seeing remains of engine wood piled on a Dee line spur on Lolo Pass south of the upper switchback. Rambling on, much of the upper switchback trestlework still exists.
Kenn on 14th October 2015 @ 8:44am
An Arlen special.
Why is there steam/smoke coming out of the middle of the train?
As Charlott says, looks like flood waters left a mark on the trestle timbers and left a pile of sand.
If we had zoom capabilities I could zoom in to Burdoin Mtn. and check if those are 2 houses or 2 spots on the photo.
The Lost Lake Lumber Co. shows a railroad. Where is that track in relation to this track?
L.E. on 14th October 2015 @ 9:11am
My guess on the smoke/steam from one of the center cars is that it may be the galley car, and that's from the stoves/ovens. In the old navy, the galley smoke stack was called a "charlie noble."
Jerry L on 14th October 2015 @ 3:05pm
WOW, how I would love to zoom in on this one....I need a close up of that loco.....the oldest locomotive at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center dates to 1905 (OR&N 197, aka UP 3203) and these are it's home rails.....
Arlen Sheldrake on 14th October 2015 @ 4:10pm
Like this ... my grand mother and her family came to Hood River by train in 1902 so this is how it would have looked.
Dan K on 14th October 2015 @ 5:53pm
Mine came here via train in 1891................She thought that she had been taken to the end of the world at the time.
Charlott on 15th October 2015 @ 7:51am
I agree with Jerry, the steam or smoke is apparently from the diner. Before the cars were steam heated each had a coal stove but the small amount of smoke from each would not be this color or volumn. The early trains before diners stopped at RR eating houses such as Ma Munra ran at Bonneville and Meacham..
Kenn on 15th October 2015 @ 8:20am