Looking through our photo archives you would think Hood River has blizzards all the time, though I suspect the reality is that no one can resist taking a picture of a snow bank. Here we are in front of the Hood River Post Office on Second Street, looking up towards State Street and the Deitz Photo Studio. The photo is dated February 8, 1916.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Trying to figure ou the sign on the light pole. There was an old time actor named Tom Keene, however, he went by his real name of George Duryea until much later. So this must have been another Tom Keene?
Nice to see the garbage can, which indicates that Hood River attempted very early on to keep the town presentable.
I am looking at the "false" front up there next to the Fruitland place. If my mind is working, that was still there when I was a child and in the bottom was Meyers Cleaners?
Right there in that area of those buildings is where the waterfall is and where the Hood River Christmas tree is put each year.
Charlott on 18th January 2012 @ 7:12am
Are those steps cut into the snow bank?
Ugh, I can't imagine dragging those dresses around in the snow.
I wonder if they kept the steps up the hill, shoveled?
l.e. on 18th January 2012 @ 8:16am
"Tom Keene" was a brand of cigars. They must have had a big ad budget, because I've seen these small signs all over the photo collection.
Arthur on 18th January 2012 @ 8:39am
Just wondering when the Big Horse, or Horse Feathers builing was built. It looks old but it does not look like i was built at the time of this photo. I think it should be visible on the left side of the telephone pole? Or maybe it is there and just out of frame. i believe the stairs and Serpentine were not built yet either?
andrew b on 18th January 2012 @ 12:50pm
Andrew, not sure when the Big Horse building was built, but the stairs were definitely built by 1916. I'll be posting an earlier view of them soon. Serpentine was also in place and is even mentioned in a poem from 1905.
Arthur on 18th January 2012 @ 5:12pm
I may be wrong but the Horsefeather building is right where that false front building is in the photo. The water fall, etc. is on the right about where it says Ansco.
Charlott on 19th January 2012 @ 7:08am
In the late 80s - maybe 1988? - they burned down an old building to clear the lot for the new building that became Horsefeathers, later re-named Big Horse. So that is a recent building. I remember the big burn. Horsefeathers was built immediately thereafter.
Jay on 22nd January 2012 @ 10:11pm
Confused here. The one in this photo was the original.
Charlott on 23rd January 2012 @ 7:11am