The "modern" concrete Second Street stairs date from the 1940s, but this earlier wooden version provided convenient access to a handful of cottages on the hillside above downtown, as well as the new residential neighborhood on the Heights. I believe this section is just downhill from Hazel Street. I walk it almost every day.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Shows how many trees were up on that hill at the time. Bet that photo would have been so impressive in color with the trees, dark stairs, etc.
Charlott on 23rd March 2012 @ 7:06am
I walked those stairs many of time growing up.
Dan K on 23rd March 2012 @ 7:18am
Wooden stairs would have taken a lot of maintenance.
l.e. on 23rd March 2012 @ 8:49am
Never did the original stairs but I believe the HRHS football coaches had some type of evil association with the concrete ones as we always "got" to include them in our August preparations. Arlen
Arlen Sheldrake on 23rd March 2012 @ 8:52am
Oh yes, my husband was well versed on those stairs over the years when it was football time.
Charlott on 23rd March 2012 @ 10:15am
I thought perhaps this was old Charles Davidson. He was the father of Horatio Davidson who started the Davidson Fruit Company.
Around 1901 Charles moved from Ohio to HR to help with the business.
I can't find that he lived on the hill, but his daughter Amanda Davidson Whitehead lived at 410 Hazel Ave in the 1910 census.
By 1920, Charles, Ella Mae and Amanda are all living at the Davidson Building.
l.e. on 23rd March 2012 @ 5:21pm
On a very hot August aftenoon that was a long hike from Moore Electric (on Oak) up those stairs and across to the refreshing water of the swimming pool. Even for teen aged girls it was quite a trek.
Charlott on 24th March 2012 @ 6:16am
I was probably 3 or four when those steps were taken out and they didn't get the new ones in until after we had gone a winter without steps. I can remember walking to town with my mother in my little pink snowsuit and we had to sit and slide down the hill where the steps had been taken out! I loved the cement steps and walked them to and from the library every Saturday until I graduated from HRHS in '61.
Dorothy on 29th March 2012 @ 10:35am