I don't think this Olga Plog album image is from Hood River, but it's such a great automobile I couldn't resist. That's a White Roadster steam car. The image is from 1915, though the automobile looks a bit earlier.
White Steamers appear to have been relatively popular around Hood River in the early days of automobiles, but I have never seen a roadster before. The 5-passenger touring cars were much more common.
Looks like I accidentally posted a bonus image last night, so make sure you scroll back to see it. I forgot to post date it when I wrote it last night.
ArthurB on 27th March 2020 @ 8:31am
love the horn" bulb" and placement
Arlen L Sheldrake on 27th March 2020 @ 8:52am
It is pretty.
Kyle on 27th March 2020 @ 8:56am
A bevy of beauties. Are they really going for a ride in this with no back seat?
With steam, one would need someone to load it half hour before driving?
Is that a church steeple in the background?
nels on 27th March 2020 @ 10:52am
The roof of the building on the left appears to be a church. I've seen that somewhere. Odell, The Dalles. Arthur maybe this should be a Where Are We image.
OrMtnMaid on 27th March 2020 @ 12:00pm
OrMtnMaid, I think this might be in the San Diego area where the Plogs had family-- but let me know if you can find that church. I know it's not one of the HR city churches.
ArthurB on 27th March 2020 @ 4:02pm
Dressed awfully warm for San. Diego. Some shrub branches in the background look like they are not filled out yet..
nels on 27th March 2020 @ 9:08pm
Steam cars did take some time to get up to pressure before you could drive them, but I think it was more like 5-10 minutes. Jay Leno's Garage on YouTube has good videos showing the process of getting a steamer ready to drive, and WAAAM gives rides in their steamers occasionally. I've ridden in their Stanley a couple of times-- it's a real treat. Silent, peppy, smells of warm humid air mixed with oil vapors.
ArthurB on 28th March 2020 @ 9:21am
I do believe that this picture was taken in front of the family house in Odell, I'll check my photos, but I do recognize that front porch and strange roof line.
Cindy Plog Williams on 30th March 2020 @ 10:43am