We don't have a solid date for this image of Hood River from the east side, but it predates the 1906 construction of the Mt. Hood Railroad. The main line crosses the Hood River on a wooden trestle. The abutments for an even earlier wooden bridge remain just upstream.
This vantage point offers a nice view up Oak Street. Note the broad flood plain of the Hood River.
just throwing this out there Arthur, but that ORRN bridge looks to be a little different than the one we have today on the UP mainline. I think it's wooden truss with cable stays. I believe the current steel UP bridge dates to 1907. Wondering if the upstream abutment is actually the current location, perhaps that is a new abutment under construction?
spinsur on 4th October 2011 @ 7:23am
Bonneville Dam eliminated the flood plain didn't it?
The flooding Hood River must have wreaked havoc with that wooden structure.
Is that the Livery Stable straight ahead?
l.e. on 4th October 2011 @ 7:42am
the trestle portion of the picture is now on fill, and off camera to the left would be the State street bridge, and state street on fill. if you look closely, or zoom in, one can see the ORRN station; approximately that area is where the exisiting mt hood railroad would bisect the picture, protected by a berm. the area between this berm, and the UP fill is now tall cottonwoods, and floods most every season.
spinsur on 4th October 2011 @ 7:56am
I s'pose it was probably near continual, but there's a track crew working in this picture!
spinsur on 4th October 2011 @ 8:32am
Yes, the ORRN bridge is the pre-1907 wooden one. I'll post a better picture of it later. The current UP bridge has a concrete abutment, I'm guessing this was several years before it was constructed.
Arthur on 4th October 2011 @ 8:34am
I can hardly recognize the river it is so different. It would be great to see a photo from the exact spot today. I wonder if those pilings are still underground when they filled it in to make the railyard.
andrew b on 4th October 2011 @ 11:31am
Hopefully they removed the pilings. Wood does not make very good fill-- old railroad ties mixed with fill in the dike have been reported as the reason for the Vanport Flood.
Arthur on 4th October 2011 @ 3:37pm