This fine aerial view popped out of our archives recently thanks to the work of the museum's volunteers. That's May Street running through the middle. There's a good view of the High School (now middle school), the original Hood River Memorial Hospital building, and what I believe is the swimming pool. There is a smattering of development along 17th Street.
Based on the few fuzzy automobiles I can see, I'm guessing this is early 1950s.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
No indication of the steepness of the hill.
Boy, there was a big housing boom after this photo was taken.
L.E. on 8th December 2020 @ 7:13am
This picture shows the 1802 Prospect house of my grandparent's, Harold and Hap Bryant. Hap's dad, Robert Vaughan, built it and they were living there as of the 1940 census.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 8th December 2020 @ 8:11am
As far as dating this picture, the baseball field is already there and I think that land was donated (after 1940?). And what is that building directly across from the school? which is now a parking lot?
nails on 8th December 2020 @ 8:14am
The Robert Vaughan home at 704 13th Street is just out of view in this photo. If this is a cropped photo, I would love to get a copy of the full view.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 8th December 2020 @ 8:17am
Interesting that there were stands on both sides of the school athletic field, but apparently no track?
Will on 8th December 2020 @ 8:47am
The Baldwin home which was posted June 18, 2020 can be seen in upper left.
Will on 8th December 2020 @ 8:50am
13th just stopped heading uphill at May... and Jackson Park backed right up to those houses in the heights. I think I want this layout back!
Kyle on 8th December 2020 @ 8:51am
I think the track may be there, running behind the north bleachers. I remember it being cinder rock in the 1960's.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 8th December 2020 @ 8:56am
what a great picture.....during my HS years (1955-1959) the building across from the HS contained the band room and industrial arts. I believe the track was either built or improved in the 1950s with cinders brought in by the national guard from the Prineville area. yes, the pool is there. spent some hours on that hospital roof re-painting hospital beds, a summer part time job.
Arlen L Sheldrake on 8th December 2020 @ 9:16am
nails the building across from the school was the wood shop and band practice and storage area. It burned down in a spectacular fire in the 60's. Cold night, ice from all the water put down by the fire dept was everywhere.
Dave on 8th December 2020 @ 10:26am
Sorry Jeffrey, I just cropped the white margins. I didn't cut any content from this one.
ArthurB on 8th December 2020 @ 10:33am
The high school track was improved about 1957. My father was on the group that organized it and I remember I sent out letters to all high school parents asking to contribute to the project. The cinders came from up in Washington. Different people donated use of trucks and fathers drove up and got the cinders. Can't remember the exact location they came from. Maybe Goldendale area? Quite a community effort.
Norma on 8th December 2020 @ 11:03am
Mr. Elmer Van Blaricom signed my one and only Dragon year book; 1961
Taught shop across the street.
Roger Sheldrake on 8th December 2020 @ 3:22pm
Does anyone know what the large roof is in upper right corner on Sherman?
Will on 8th December 2020 @ 3:26pm
Wasn't that a little restaurant there to the right of the school before the house on the corner. Seems it was called The Dragonette. I took tap lessons from a Fredova Kruger in the basement of that building in about 1949 to 1950 (in that time frame somewhere.)
Charlott on 8th December 2020 @ 3:40pm
Somebody's farm, barn and all still exists at the bottom of the photo. Farther down at the bottom and to the left would have been the beautiful Stranahan house. Wonder if it still existed.
L.E. on 8th December 2020 @ 4:04pm
I'd say this photograph was taken in the late 40's or very early 50's judging the height of the trees surrounding the high school (compare with #283). This photo was taken during the summer, notice the football field is being watered.
The building at the bottom, left of center was a plumbing shop. For some reason Edington's keeps rolling around in my head. It was old when I was young and that's been a long time ago.
Mr. Van Blaricom had a nickname, "Chief".
LMH on 8th December 2020 @ 6:11pm
Not sure Chief was a nickname. Rarely heard him called anything else. He went to the same church as I did as a kid and there was no more enthusiastic (and off key) singer in the whole congregation.
Dave on 8th December 2020 @ 9:12pm
The swimming pool was built in 1948 so picture after that. I lived above the ball field and we were paid 25 cents for returned foul balls that came our way.
cg on 8th December 2020 @ 10:09pm
Chief was the name given to Claire Adams who was the custodian for years at Wyeast. He is the one that drew the original "Tuffy...the Eagle."
Charlott on 9th December 2020 @ 7:08am
So you guys had two chiefs and more than enough Indians? MY dad, Harold Parsons, was one of the dads Norma remembers who hauled those red cinders to HRHS. For months there was about a pint of cinders behind the front of our car. We didn't want to clear them away because they were proof thatbhe had participated.
Barbara Parsons on 10th December 2020 @ 2:08pm
I thought Edington Plumbing was a little south of the Dairy Delight or did they spell it "Delite"? Uphill, there, a little ways, anyhow.
Barbara Parsons on 14th December 2020 @ 2:23pm
Barbara, you are correct about the Edington's Heating and Plumbing building located on the east side of 12th at June street. According to the Oregon Historic Site DataBase the Edington building was built ca. 1925, however , the Sanborn map of 1928 does not show any construction on that corner until 1928-1942 map. The lastest google map shows only the cement pad remaining.
After digging around for awhile I found the owner of the building on west side of 12th on June street. It was owned by an Englishman named "Percy" Gibbon who with his wife, Johanna Zolls, owned a plumbing and heating business. For a number of years Percy operated out of a shop located down at 908 12th st., he eventually built his shop closer to home at 1213 June St. Johanna and Percy's home was located further south on the property. Interestingly both structures survive today, the home is a Mexican restaurant and the shop is now a combination home and beauty shop. It was fun researching the John G. Zolls family.
LMH on 28th December 2020 @ 10:24pm