this native continues to be totally amazed with the changes in downtown HR since I departed in 1960.....we never had anything good to say about the damn wind.........
Arlen Sheldrake on 12th April 2018 @ 7:41am
It's a good reminder of what Hood River could have been. Tourism has its drawbacks, but it sure does make for a nice and bustling downtown.
JKG on 12th April 2018 @ 8:18am
The one thing that hits me right between the eyes in this photo is that CLOCK. I still say that it needs to be repaired and in tip top running order. It is so much a part of downtown. Should get some sort of fund raising project to repair that. I suppose it would all have to go through whoever owns that building...Who owns it Arthur?
Charlott on 12th April 2018 @ 10:24am
In my day in the 1940's and 50's, I knew that vacant building as Barclay's Pharmacy and next to it was Ziegler's. And of course, that was the Cascadian Theater, where I used to regularly attend the Saturday matinees.
Bill Seaton on 12th April 2018 @ 11:00am
So....it appears the in-town movie theater was closed in 1964, but was sending people to the Trail Drive In 3 miles south of town? Guess it helped to have a car if you wanted to see a movie back then. I assume First National was still operating as a bank in the building on the corner with the clock - does anyone know when the bank finally vacated that building?
kmb on 12th April 2018 @ 7:04pm
Charlott.....I know a good clock person who maintains the Union Station clock in the tower here in Portland; I agree with you, it needs to be operating!!
Arlen Sheldrake on 12th April 2018 @ 7:33pm
Baynes McSwain, my step-father, had the Rialto and Trail Theaters in Hood River, so the sign at the old Rialto directed people to his new business.
Jeffrey Bryant on 12th April 2018 @ 8:13pm
I kind of view this era as a low spot in US automotive history. Maybe because the cars of this period would have been the junkers when I first started driving? Sure others will disagree.
Longshot on 12th April 2018 @ 9:14pm
The Rialto Theater was one block further west, if I'm remembering correctly, next to the small cafe there now. The Cascadian Theater was before my memory. I agree it would be nice to hear the clock chime again.
Ricki Duckwall on 12th April 2018 @ 10:29pm
Reflecting on this photo, I don't remember any of the local towns being attractive during this time.
I don't remember the economy being in a recession?? Definitely big heavy cars, with big tail fins.
L.E. on 13th April 2018 @ 7:50am
Longshot, that is sheer blasphemy. LOL. Today they all look like they go into one end of a wind tunnel and come out the other end looking alike. Maybe today they all look politically correct.
Buzz on 13th April 2018 @ 11:51am
The clock will only chime when $$$ is raised to fix it. At one time I asked the bank about it & their answer was that they could not afford to maintain it. Same old story, it would be nice to bring it back, but no one wants to contribute.
Judy on 13th April 2018 @ 4:37pm
People seem to be pretty successful running GoFundMe campaigns for their birthday party.
L.E. on 13th April 2018 @ 8:01pm
The mid 50's were called the Eisenhower Recession in the midwest. I agree, all cars look just about the same now. Back then cars had style, and new models were released with much fanfare and hoopla.
Another vote for getting the clock going.
And one free day/week from parking meters to see if it wold impact downtown business.
nels on 30th January 2019 @ 3:24pm
Aw man, I love a good drive-in movie!
Nicholas on 5th June 2019 @ 9:14am