Here's a view down Oak Street from the western edge of the commercial district, probably in the late 1920s. This was the first view of town visitors would see when arriving on the Columbia River Highway.
Our friend "Corson the Music Man" has his shop on the right, with Hood River Auto and the Rialto Theater on the left.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
That "GARAGE" sign across the street must have been a welcome sight for any traveler dealing with car trouble.
Melody Shellman on 13th March 2019 @ 8:53am
Good point, Melody. We've forgotten the era when an automobile would need service every 100 mile or less. Driving from Portland to Hood River was a major expedition. There were gas stations with some services available (top off the radiator, oil) between Hood River and Portland, but this was probably the first opportunity for major repairs.
Arthur on 13th March 2019 @ 1:35pm
Do you think about 15 years difference between these two photos?
L.E. on 13th March 2019 @ 8:14pm
Arthur, this photograph was originally published 6-1-2011, http://historichoodriver.com/index.php?showimage=57. Pretty good to only get one or two duplicates over eight years. The result of excellent management.
It is interesting to review the commenters as well as the comments. Some of the people in the original post no longer post and then there are those who still regularly post. How much wiser are we today about the history of Hood River and its people, all from the sharing of the people that live or have lived in Hood River.
LMH on 13th March 2019 @ 9:37pm
Thanks for digging that up LMH. I had a vague feeling I'd already posted this but couldn't find it with a quick search. I suppose a few repeats aren't a bad thing, but I try to keep the history "fresh".
Arthur on 14th March 2019 @ 9:51am