In 1913 Hood River started paving the main streets in town, ending the era of mud and dust. But as you can see construction projects were as unpredictable then as they are now. Mr. Hall needed to request an extension to his 45 day contract to complete the project. There is some additional correspondence in the records which seems to indicate further delays due to some difficulty locating pipes.
If you are unable to read, his letter begins, "I am unable to complete the asphaltic bound macadam on State, Oak and Cascade Streets in the time stipulated in my contract which was 45 days.
Five years later the city was involved in a lawsuit concerning a specific asphalt process. I am not sure if this initial asphalt job was less than satisfactory or something else was amiss. The letter is between two attorneys so virtually indecipherable.
Also, a reminder of two new happenings at the museum this evening:
#1) There will be an opening reception for an exhibit of contemporary photographs by Danny McCarty starting at 6:30 PM at the museum, including remarks by the artist at 8PM. The event includes an open house (which I think means I will be there to give tours of the photo archives) as well as refreshments, with wine available.
#2) I've finally gotten around to preparing a selection of my favorite photographs from our collection for purchase to enjoy in your home or office. I have prepared 120 images for printing, and we have had 30 of them printed professionally. They are beautifully matted and mounted on foamcore, ready for the frame of your choice. If you come to the opening reception tomorrow night you'll be among the first to see a selection of prints. You can even take one home with you.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Interesting letter - we live on one of those streets.
And, see you tonight, Arthur! (Or at least, that's the plan.)
Kyle on 7th April 2017 @ 9:47am