I find all sorts of things to like in this letter from the city's archives. The stationery is great. We see how the coming of the Columbia River Highway was changing the commerce on Oak Street. And finally, we see what a building permit application looked like in 1917.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Ahhh, tubed car tires.
Kyle on 5th May 2017 @ 9:34am
Needing air for the tires and water for the radiator was pretty much an everyday thing back then. Probably faster to walk a mile to the store than to go through all the rigmarole of getting the car ready to go.
Longshot on 5th May 2017 @ 9:50am
Similar to these, but a block or two further east
Longshot on 5th May 2017 @ 9:56am
FROM OREGON BIOGRAPHIES:
Herbert R. Field, president of the Highway Automobile Company....came to Hood River, where his father purchased an apple orchard, while the young man established a tire shop and vulcanizing business in the city. Under his competent management and guidance the business grew apace and after seven years was taken over by a newly organized company, operating under the name of the Highway Auto Company, of which he is the president. The company in 1919 erected at a cost of thirty thousand dollars one of the finest garages on the Columbia River highway. It is located at the corner of Fifth and Oak streets in Hood River and is a concrete building one hundred by one hundred feet and two stories in height, with entrance directly from the street to both floors. It is fitted with every device and convenience known to the modern garage and is a marked improvement to the thoroughfare......"
L.E. on 5th May 2017 @ 1:05pm
^ Very cool!
Kyle on 9th May 2017 @ 9:25am