Here's a detail from an earlier view of Oak Street 1893, zooming in to the west end of town. We're looking from Second Street up until the street peters out in a thicket of Oak trees. The George Crowell General Store is the building on the left. The small building on the south side of the street is, I believe, the office of The Hood River Glacier. You can make out the Bartmess Store just beyond it. The last building on the left was a butcher shop, with the IOOF hall on the second floor. This was at the location of the Paris Fair Building. The Bartmess Building is the only structure in this image that survives.
I can see at least two bicycles. This was the era when bicycles first became popular. By my count about 1900 Hood River had as many bike dealers as it does today. We also have as many coffee shops today as blacksmiths back then.
I keep looking for the dog!!!!!!!!!!!
Quite a sparse little town it appears to be. No wonder my great-grandmother when she arrived in 1891 thought she was at the end of the earth.
charlott on 26th October 2016 @ 7:04am
Interesting lack of hitching posts or horses. It's almost as if people were aware of the picture being taken and are generally facing the camera?
Rick on 26th October 2016 @ 7:09am
Pretty amazing that there is still a building in existence.
I was going to comment yesterday that everyone in town must have shown up for this photo.
And I wondered if the pine tree was a hitching post.
In 1887 picture #8
there is a post office on the north side.
Any idea where the post office was located in 1893?
L.E. on 26th October 2016 @ 8:08am
In 1893 the Post Office was at the corner of First and Oak, in the building which would later become the Yasui Store (now replaced with the "New Yasui Building"). I think this photo was taken from the window of the second floor residence in that building.
Arthur on 26th October 2016 @ 9:11am
Same picture as last slide just zoomed in a little closer, lady by tree, kids playing in street
Randy on 26th October 2016 @ 11:12am
Charlotte, I too was looking for the dog. Maybe
the man stooping down is petting a dog, can't tell.
nels on 26th October 2016 @ 11:59am
Sorry Arthur, I just reread what you posted with yesterday's photo and you state that the photo is taken from the Post Office on the NE corner of Oak and First.
I guess you do have an idea of where the post office was located in 1893.
In yesterday's photo I had no idea there were so many bicycles on the street.
Is that a building up on the hill or just a darkness on the photo? If it is a building, it appears to be a large one.
L.E. on 26th October 2016 @ 12:38pm
We're lucky the year of this photo is the same as the only Sanborn map pre-1900. Buildings went up and down pretty quickly back then, but we have a snap shot at the same time the Sanborn folks were visiting and identifying all the insurance risks. We actually have a physical copy of the 1893 map-- we should put it up at the museum as an exhibit alongside this image.
I can't answer the question on whether the shadow on the hill is a building. I don't think it is, but there's not enough detail to be sure.
Arthur on 26th October 2016 @ 1:34pm
The shadow on the hill...could that have been the original Riverside Church which was all wood of course?
nels on 26th October 2016 @ 2:37pm
I know it is out of perspective, but I wondered if the shadow could be the Henry Coe home in photo #29.
L.E. on 26th October 2016 @ 4:39pm