It's always worth going through Ella May Davidson's negatives another time. This detail is from an image of Stanley Rock at Koberg Beach. The foreground was poorly exposed and poorly framed, but she happened to catch a steamer at the Whote Salmon dock at the base of Dock Grade. I've only seen one other good image of this dock, also from Ms. Davidson.
This image is circa 1916. By 1924 this image would be bisected by the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge. The location of the dock was roughly where the White Salmon Park and Ride is now located, just west of the treaty rights fishing site. When the bridge was first constructed it landed right near this dock location. It was straightened out in 1937 to prepare for the rising waters behind the Bonneville Dam.
You can see the fan rock up on the bluff which is known as Chief Waubish, who according to Klickitat legend was thrown against the cliff in anger by Koyoda, a representative of the Great Spirit.
Waubish was turned to stone. In punishment, the Great Spirit turned Koyoda into a small coyote.
The last time I made a point to look for the face of the chief, it was becoming covered by trees growing in front of it.
Thanks for the photo. I think White Salmon dock was more useable in the early years than Hood River because the Columbia was deeper on the north bank. Hood River was dependent on the river level and the sand bar.
L.E. on 11th September 2019 @ 10:23am