I always enjoy Cross and Dimmitt postcards. We've seen many views of the Columbia Gorge Hotel, but this one shows what it looked like to a driver entering (or leaving) Hood River on the Columbia_River Highway. I don't think today's view is quite so inviting.
I am surprised at the amount of cleared ground on Underwood Mtn.
L. E. on 1st August 2019 @ 8:39am
Love that stone work. Too bad they removed it, but probably had to make way for larger service trucks. Building a rock wall is truly an art.
Fire escapes removed from the front and a roofed entry way now adorns the front.
nels on 1st August 2019 @ 9:05am
The "porte cochere" (entranceway) is to the left, out of view. I don't believe it has changed since the original Benson Hotel design. It's in the blueprints we have at the museum.
The big difference I see is that fake wall with large gates blocking off service bays to the right side of this view.
ArthurB on 1st August 2019 @ 9:48am
The main change I see, other than the rock walls is the fact that the area to the left and right have been landscaped which does give it a nicer appearance.
Have spent much time there as once a very dear friend of mine owned and operated this and know all about Oscar and the other haunting things that occur here...
Gladys on 1st August 2019 @ 1:06pm
About 1947, I got to spend an evening in this hotel. Hood River Civic Theater put on a play in their ballroom. They did it in theater-in-the-round style. My Mom was in the play and I was very excited to get to be there to see it. At the time, the Columbia Gorge Hotel was regarded as a very high class place and I was thrilled to see it.
Bill Seaton on 1st August 2019 @ 4:32pm
At one point in time the Columbia Gorge Hotel was a “Care” facility. One of my ancestors was a resident there when he passed...
Patti on 2nd August 2019 @ 12:19pm
Arthur, I have some historic pics of the hotel and Gorge my grandparents took in the 1920's. How do I get them to you?
MS on 5th August 2019 @ 1:49pm
MS, you can get material to me through the museum. You can drop it at the desk with my name on it, or mail it to 300 E Port Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031. Thanks!
ArthurB on 6th August 2019 @ 11:01am