Looks like the Greyhound bus stop used to be on Cascade Avenue.
Signs in the background mark "Ross Lumber", "Patrick & Co. Lumber (King Coal, Clean Hot No Slack)", as well as Tum-a-lum Lumber Company. Tum-a-lum is of course still around (recently celebrated their 110th anniversary), though at a new and recently remodeled location at Button Junction. The building they were in at 5th and Cascade is still around, now serving as space for Solstice Pizza's catering business (Knead Bakery before that... Panzanella before that... then some combination of Bart's Best Bets, Promotion Wetsuits, Big Winds... fill in the details!) The Ford/Mercury dealership building is also still around. It has housed "Crazy Pepper" for many years.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I am wondering if this might not have been a group of Elk ladies going somewhere. It appears to me that it is in probably the 1950's. Maybe the actual stop was up at the bowling alley and this was a "special" bus taking them somewhere? Just a guess on my part.
Charlott on 20th October 2016 @ 7:07am
Regarding the photo's time line.....I can see a '56 Chevy wagon in front of the bus...looks like some of the other cars are a Pontiac and a DeSoto or Dodge across the street, all of the mid-50's vintage.
Dale Nicol on 20th October 2016 @ 7:18am
I think those eyeglass frames help with the timeline too!
Arthur on 20th October 2016 @ 9:05am
Would all of the lumber companies be in this area because of the mill down below on the River?
Unrelated to this photo, I wanted to thank you Arthur for this history site. With Alva Day and other photos, I had an insight to the Hood River issue with United State citizens of Japanese ancestry.
Because of this site I had done more reading about the issue. Attending last night's Sense of Place program about Minoru Yasui and his fight for constitutional rights of U.S. citizens was more understandable, fascinating and educational.
L.E. on 20th October 2016 @ 9:12am
Before the bowling alley the bus depot was across from what used to be the 88 cent store. I know it was there when our Camp Fire Girls group took the bus to Portland to see the movie "The Robe" at the Paramount theater.
Norma on 20th October 2016 @ 9:47am
I miss Amtrak through HR and the great Greyhound service we once had. The Amtrak pioneer was my preferred way to go east through SLC to the east coast, a luxury hotel on wheels.
Kenn on 20th October 2016 @ 11:08am
Now you can catch Amtrack @ Bingen
Judy on 20th October 2016 @ 2:53pm
I suspect the reason all the lumber yards were in that part of town was because there used to be a mill just west of there on Cascade. They had a lumber warehouse on the other side of Cascade. Not sure exactly when it worked its way across the street.
Sorry I didn't talk with you last night, @LE. I'm also feeling guilty I didn't post an appropriate photo yesterday for Min Yasui's 100th birthday anniversary.
Arthur on 20th October 2016 @ 3:22pm
It's great Amtrak's Empire Builder stops in Bingen, but I do miss the Amtrak Pioneer, which sort of followed the Oregon
Trail through eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, ending up in Salt Lake.From there you could get a train across Wyoming., thence to Denver and on to Chicago. It was a wonderful train trip.
jeanie on 25th October 2016 @ 9:26pm
I've really been enjoying these photos, even thoug I never lived in Hood County, I'm a lifelong Oregonian who really enjoys both our history and old photos! This one really called out to me because I remember riding a bus just like that with my brother from Gilchrist to either Umatilla or Biggs Junction to visit my grandparents in the early to mid 50s. Sometimes Grandpa would meet the bus at Biggs and other times we'd ride to my grandparents home 2 miles west of Umatilla & be let off right in front of their house. I don't know for sure, but expect when Grandpa met us at Biggs, it was because my parents couldn't afford the fare for the whole trip.
I also remember having a pair of glasses just like the woman in front, that I bought with proceeds from my first job as a cook's helper on a huge ranch in Southern Oregon at age 15 in 1961. Thank you so much for doing this!
Darlene Boggs on 31st December 2016 @ 3:58pm
I remember buying lumber from Tum A Lum at that location in 1980...not sure how much longer it stayed there.
Rusty on 6th January 2017 @ 1:36pm