I've seen this Fred Donnerberg photo of the Columbia Gorge Hotel many times before, but I never noticed the miniature golf course set up on the front lawn. If there are any historians of miniature golf, perhaps they can tell us when the "rotating windmill" was invented for the final hole. This photo seems to predate that critical innovation.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I am thinking this was probably the 1930's or early 1940's. Don't know a thing about golf, but know about Fred. Actually he went by the nickname of Tony, a native Oregonian having been born in 1881 an avid mountain climber. I have photos he took on a climb of Mt. Adams in the early 1920's and served his country in the military. He was also a Crag Rat.
Charlott on 23rd February 2018 @ 7:11am
Gosh I miss this place and the wonderful restaurant featuring, at breakfast, "honey from the sky".
Jill Stanford on 23rd February 2018 @ 2:36pm
thanks for the reminder Jill.....now back on my bucket list for 2018.
Arlen Sheldrake on 23rd February 2018 @ 5:52pm
The last I heard they still did the “honey from the sky” presentation at breakfast. It is supposed remind the diner of WaGwinGwin Falls.
Judy on 23rd February 2018 @ 9:08pm
Arlen - you can still get your honey from the sky at the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge, perched above that roaring cataract. I'd rather it was the old C.G. Hotel but honey on a biscuit is honey on a biscuit!
Jill Stanford on 26th February 2018 @ 3:57pm
thanks Jill....I am now due for a trip North!
arlen sheldrake on 10th March 2018 @ 11:16pm
We lived in the Columbia Gorge Hotel when we first moved to Hood River during WWII. For a few weeks, until we found a place to rent. I have a photo of myself standing by the fireplace in the parlor there with the resident Great Dane. Two "library ladies" were residents of the hotel, and they made me a book out of brown wrapping paper with glued-in colored pictures from magazines. Mother and I would sit together on the hotel's tall lawn swing and take turns "reading" it by making up stories to go with the illustrations.
Barbara Parsons on 13th December 2020 @ 7:11pm