The ad for Studebaker wagons and carriages made me wonder how these items were obtained before the RR came through. Families must have survived with whatever wheels they moved into the area with, for town trips and work.
Some of the wagon road below Cloud Cap still exists as a foot and/or ski trail.
Kenn on 15th January 2016 @ 7:59am
@Kenn, I know from city records that large items like fire engines came by steamer from Portland. The city sent a nice thank you letter to the steamer captain who delivered our 1905 fire engine for free.
Arthur on 15th January 2016 @ 8:45am
Capitalism was abundant in Hood River fueled by land availability and agricultural activities. A rapid growth in population was occurring facilitated by railroad and water transportation. Consumerism was making inroads and growing. The town was beginning to coalesce. Within ten years the changes would be astounding, within twenty years maturity would be evident.
LMH on 15th January 2016 @ 9:26am
I started to post something this morning and then decided not to. But, the previous posts seem to be along the same line I was thinking.
If I remember correctly, before railroad days, E.L. Smith bought a store and merchandise in the Frankton area. There may have been a school there also.
Then Henry Coe, platted the townsite of HR in preparation for the railroad. E.L. Smith fought it for a while, but finally gave in, bought a lot from Coe and built a new store in HR.
I wonder, If Coe had not platted the townsite, where a railroad stop would have been built and where would businesses have been established?
Did Frankton have a better steamship landing?
L.E. on 15th January 2016 @ 10:42am
Would Frankton have used Ruthton Cove for a steamship landing? One would think the cliffs too close to the river to meaningfully plat a township - at least for accessible growth.
Can one still get to Frankton Cemetery? Is it still there?
Now that I'm asking, what's the best history on Hood River and the immeadiate area?
jdub on 16th January 2016 @ 10:59am
Frankton cemetery is still around, but it's accessed through private property.
There are several histories of the area each with different focus, some more authoritative than others. It really depends what you're researching. You can drop by the museum on Monday's 11-4 when the research team is in and they can show you your choices. If you're just looking for fun reading, i recommend the "A-Z" book "Aaakki-Daakki to Zoomorphic" for its entertaining short article based view of local history.
Arthur on 16th January 2016 @ 1:40pm
Fav ....... 😃 " Build up your tired self in the heatlh giving ozone of the high altitudes " - Cloud Cap Inn
Steve r on 16th January 2016 @ 10:50pm
Along with Arthur, I'd also recommend the "Aakki-Daakki" book. It incorporates all kinds of historical articles written by various people - including one about Luhr Jensen, who married my great-aunt Clarice Davenport, and his fishing lure business, and another by Ruth Guppy about "The Farmers Ditch" which I'm using as a resource for the biography that I'm writing about Jeremiah Franklin Davenport. It's very interesting for anyone interested in anecdotal Hood River history.
Jerry Larsen on 17th January 2016 @ 10:23am
Sally Donovan and I did a review of the Frankton Cemetary two years ago. It is easily accessed by parking in the veterinary's parking lot and walk south on the west side of their building, bear right to the path leading to the cemetary for about a half a block.
Bill P on 20th January 2016 @ 8:27pm