Usually I show you scans from our collection of almost 2500 Alva Day negatives, but we also have a collection of hundreds of his prints. Most of these match negatives in our collection, but some of them don't. Most bear the neat stamp "Photo by Alva L. Day Hood River, Oregon" as well as a neatly typed caption. This one is captioned, "Looking northwest from Mt Hood Railroad grade. Showing piers and cradles for the pipeline." It's part of a series showing the repair of the Powerdale pipeline after a washout destroyed a large section of pipe and railroad track. This image was from the same event.
the worker looks like he is on his cell phone...…..so much history and tales about this pipeline... appears it took some time to reconstruct......
Arlen Sheldrake on 23rd April 2020 @ 10:29am
How much of this pipeline still exists? Used to walk part of it when Copper Rd. was still open to the public. Don't know of any access point now. And easy way to check out the river and the vegetation.
nels on 23rd April 2020 @ 11:15am
Are those cradle boards bent to shape and then topped with something for actual contact to the pipe?
nels on 23rd April 2020 @ 11:16am
i believe the pipeline was operating up to the November 2006 flood. Sections washed out, and it never operated again. When the dam was removed I know some sections were removed. I don't know what percent is still out there, but you can access the lower reaches from the old power plant site off Highway 35.
ArthurB on 23rd April 2020 @ 12:16pm
You can still walk a half mile or so on it, starting from the river crossing over the bridge, accessed as Arthur noted.
Harold on 23rd April 2020 @ 2:48pm
I seem to remember that the easement on the railroad right of way required that portion to be removed when no longer in use....
Arlen L Sheldrake on 23rd April 2020 @ 3:59pm
The metal walkway / bridge section of this that crosses the river, that one used to cross atop this pipeline to start walking along it for half a mile or so, was knocked sideways off the pipe and badly damaged this past Fall - almost certainly by people, for some reason. Wife and I happened to be there when an official was there surveying the damage, openly pondering whether to repair it or not. Access / ownership / liability issues there are complex, apparently.
Kyle on 24th April 2020 @ 9:25am
Kyle, that damage has been repaired and access re-opened.
Harold on 27th April 2020 @ 8:43am
Kyle on 27th April 2020 @ 9:12pm