We have a real treat this week which comes to you courtesy of an early "spring cleaning" at the Museum. Our museum volunteers spent two weeks cleaning up the back work area at the museum, and one of the treasures they rediscovered was a copy of a small 1902 book published by famous Columbia River photographer Benjamin A. Gifford of the Dalles. The book contains 18 wonderful images-- sort of a cross between the modern coffee table book and a calendar. I'll share 5 of my favorites this week.
The first is a picture of Warren's Salmon Cannery, where, according to the book, "The finny treasures of the deep are made to administer unto the wants of man, even to the uttermost parts of the earth." A beautiful way of saying, "They put fish in cans."
Steamers Tahoma and Dalles City also make an appearance.
As today is Monday, I'll add a mystery: Where was Warren's cannery? I'll give a hint: Who's buried in Grant's tomb?
No one is actually buried in Grant's tomb underground. General/President Grand and his wife Julia Dent Grant are "entombed" above ground.
The fish cannery was right there at Dodson/Warrendale. Frank Warren had a very grand house there at Warrendale, located between the river and now I-84. When I go down the freeway I can exactly where it was located. I was only a child, but somehow my uncle got the lumber from the Warren house, if he tore it down. Which now I think was terrible, but I was there a number of times with him as my Dad helped him tear it down and load the salvage lumber on our farm truck to bring back to Hood River.
Charlott on 1st February 2016 @ 7:11am
Little tidbit here:
How many of you knew that Frank Warren went down with the Titanic?????
Charlott on 1st February 2016 @ 7:14am
Just a little more information on Frank Maley Warren. He was born in 1848, a native of Maine, so he would have known something about fishing.
He married Anna Sophia Bates Atkinson, who was with him as a passenger on the ill fated Titanic disaster. He personally put her into a life boat and then stepped back. She never saw him again. His body was never found, however a memorial stone in his honor is in Riverview Cemetery in Portland.
Mrs. Warren's health started declining after his loss and a few years later she had a breakdown as the result of the terrible experience and loss. In her later years she seldom left her home on St. Clair St. in Porland.
Charlott on 1st February 2016 @ 7:29am
Evidence of the cannery remains, they apparently made their own cans as there is a stack of cut tin still rusting and staining the beach. The cannery site is just down river from the concrete remains of the pulp mill at McCord Creek that shipped to Camas.
Kenn on 1st February 2016 @ 7:34am
Good chuckle Charlott about Grant's tomb.
Benjamin Gifford is one of my most favorite history photographers, so I am excited about your find.
There is a lot of history in this small area of the gorge, that goes un-noticed as we zip up and down I-84.
I was sure we had seen this photo previously, but I can't find it.
L.E. on 1st February 2016 @ 9:00am
Charlotte, I have a friend who gives tours of Riverview Cemetery. I'll pass that tidbit along.
Ellen on 1st February 2016 @ 9:31am
Kenn, I didn't know about the pulp mill.
L.E. on 1st February 2016 @ 9:48am
I sit here attempting to absorb all the history represented in this picture.....and I greatly admire the photographer's ability to catch one paddle wheeler departing while another is tied up....wow, very impressive.....then Charlott gives me another heaping history lesson. so much for needing crossword puzzles to keep this old brain active.......
Arlen Sheldrake on 1st February 2016 @ 10:39am
And a great shot of a gill netter. That distinctive hull shape was still being used in the 1970's and '80's, though powered by gasoline and diesel inboards. With the 1902ish date, would that have been steam powered also? Nets were set along a chute along the pilot house and out the stern; retrieved over a bow roller.
spinsur on 1st February 2016 @ 3:09pm
Tom Kloster's informative article about Warrendale.
He talks about the pulp mill and he might have an explanation for those white lines coming down the hill that look like scratch marks.
Scott Cook finds the petrified tree.
Lyn Topinka at Columbia River Images has some good information and maps of the area.
This doesn't have to do with today's Benjamin Gifford photo, but Tom Kloster writes about the tragedy of diseases the European settlement brought to the Indians of the area. There is now a teaching, even in the Native American community, about the Malaria epidemic of the 1830's.
L.E. on 1st February 2016 @ 4:18pm
A note on the photograph: If it looks a little like a cross between a photo and a drawing, that's because it is printed on a textured paper which adds a bit of something in the scanning. It really is a photograph, no obvious signs of touch-ups or manipulation that I can see. I minimally process the scans so they will look right on your screens.
Imagine trying to explain to Gifford that I digitally manipulate his image so people can view it on their telephone...
And Arlen, wait until you see Friday's image!
Arthur on 1st February 2016 @ 4:22pm
LE, at least one of the verticle lines on the picture should be the water power line down from the top of Elowah Falls to power the pulp mill. If you go up McCord Creek on the Elowah Falls trail you have to step over part of that pipeline (as I remember about 20" diameter) and beyond that the trail is in the side of the verticle cliff in a cut made for the water pipe.
Kenn on 1st February 2016 @ 4:50pm
My guess about the remains of a stone ramp coming up from the water at the cannery.. They had a chase boat to bring in the nets of fish floating down from the fish wheels, wonder if this would be to get the small boat from the water when not in use.
Kenn on 3rd February 2016 @ 8:35am