Continuing with Benjamin Gifford week, here's a view which is close to home. It takes a small amount of orienting as things have changed a bit in 114 years. Triangulating from Google Earth tells me the image was captured from where the in-lieu fishing site is just west of the north end of the Hood River- White Salmon bridge. Downtown Hood River is out of frame the to right. If the hillside on the east side of the Hood River looks strange, that's because this image predates removing much of it for the sand and gravel to build many of our roads and concrete structures. I believe that building across the river is the Lost Lake Lumber Company mill which was located on that point for a couple of years until they moved it up to Dee. I'm not sure if that's a stream of water or a ramp for lumber to slide down in the front.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Tags: 1900s Columbia_River cows Gifford Hood_River Mt_Hood White_Salmon
Cattle are interested in the photographer.
Does give a good view of all those cottonwoods that were along the water front in town.
Is that a little ferry there tied up? Looks like it could be and fixed to maybe haul cattle?
Charlott on 3rd February 2016 @ 7:04am
A ramp is needed to bring the logs from the water up to the saw floor in the mill.
Would this be an early water powered ferry in the foreground?
Kenn on 3rd February 2016 @ 8:30am
Is the railroad not there or can I just not see it?
Longshot on 3rd February 2016 @ 8:32am
Whatever the ferry looking thing is, it appears to be sitting up out of the water on what look like piers, as you can look right under it.
Longshot on 3rd February 2016 @ 10:03am
Cool picture, this must be spring time, mid May- early June....Mt Hood is loaded with snow, as it was back then of course.
James Holloway on 3rd February 2016 @ 11:25am
My dad ran a scow very similar to this one. You could run it up close to the beach, drop down the ramp and load or unload livestock or vehicles.
It was powered by diesel engines.
What an idyllic scene. Much prettier than today's view.
Is the Button Farm, the low hillside behind the mill?
L.E. on 3rd February 2016 @ 9:56pm
A very nice shot of a gentle Button Hill is it not ? With an orchard uptop it appears. It seems a better title name might be " Mt Hood and the gentle shoreline of the Columbia River from White Salmon WA "
Steve r on 4th February 2016 @ 5:54pm
If this is 114 years ago this area was flooded by Bonneville Dam in the 1930's. Old maps at the Gorge Heritage Museum show a River Road on the north shore (Washington side of the Columbia) that runs parallel with the river. Old timers tell us "as kids we used to travel with dad in the wagon from Bingen to the White Salmon River. Only 3 gates that needed to be opened and closed".
museumbound on 4th February 2016 @ 6:20pm
The August 3 1900 HR Glacier pg 3 says Gifford has an exhibit at his tent in town. He has a master piece of view photography. The picture is from Seufert Bros. Cannery with The Dalles and Mt Hood in the distance. The photo is colored in and was taken with several plates. It is so perfectly put together, it is impossible to discern the dividing lines. He wants to do the same with a panoramic picture of Hood River and Mt Hood from the Washington side.
But this one doesn't really include Hood River.
L.E. on 6th June 2020 @ 8:12pm