I think this Oregon Highway Department Travel Division photo was taken at Ruthton Point. The caption just describes it as a "little cove of the Columbia River west of Hood River." The caption describes this spot as being on US Highway 30. "the Old Oregon Trail," so it predates I80/84. I'm going to take a leap and guess mid 1950s.
I spy two houses.
Something doesn't look right with the Washington side.
Could this pre-date Bonneville Dam?
L.E. on 8th March 2016 @ 7:35am
On the subject of Oregon Highway Dept and Route 30....
Here is an agenda for celebrating the 100th Anniversary, with lots of opportunities for viewing old photos.
L.E. on 8th March 2016 @ 8:56am
Assuming that it is the Broughton flume one sees on the Washington side, I would guess late 1920's
Longshot on 8th March 2016 @ 12:00pm
I checked a "today" photo of Ruthton Pt. and the land and rocks are the same, which means it is after Bonneville Dam. (1937)
The north bank railroad and highway must be at river level.
Sure wish we had a zoom.
L.E. on 8th March 2016 @ 4:20pm
I looks like there are two tunnels to be seen, one for the highway and one for the railroad. Using Google Maps I was able to get the date off the highway tunnel, which showed to be 1936.
Longshot on 8th March 2016 @ 9:57pm
The house is the home of the old Struck farmstead. Remodeled but still there today. My late friend Sheldon Struck told me that his grandfather homesteaded there, early, turn of the century time. He use to grow 'hay' in the logpond, before the dam at Bonneville ('37). It would flood each winter/spring, silting and enriching his 'hay field' . Now a log pond, well, use to be....,they don't do that anymore....!
James Holloway on 13th March 2016 @ 9:37pm