This W.F. Laraway view (A-462) may not have the artistry of the shots we saw last week but his technical skills mean we have a fine well-focused view of the City of Hood River. I date it circa 1913, as the Mt. Hood Hotel Annex is present, and a bit of the library peaks out of the trees, but the streets are not all paved yet. It predates the Columbia River Highway.
Today's post includes a special treat for those of you who have been following this site for ten years. If you click on this link you will see a much higher resolution version of this image. You can use your browser's zoom feature to dive into the image.
The high resolution image also includes hyperlinks to pages on this site exploring some of the buildings you can see here. Unfortunately this feature doesn't work perfectly with all browsers, but I know it works (mostly) with Firefox, partially with Chrome, and if you download the file Adobe Acrobat Reader will also work. You should see 25 rectangles about individual locations, and if you click on the rectangle it will bring up a page from this site with more info. I recommend a right-click so you don't lose the original image, which takes a little time to download.
If your browser does not show the rectangles or only shows some of them, you just have to work harder. When you mouse-over a hyperlink your cursor should change, and if you right-click you'll visit the appropriate page.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Arthur, you've done it again. This is fabulous, I see many hours of close inspection ahead for me.
Marilyn on 15th March 2021 @ 9:05am
It looks like Wells Island was only about half the size it is today?
I'm surprised by hour arid the soil in the foreground appears to be.
Rawhyde on 15th March 2021 @ 9:06am
I take no responsibility for people spending too much time looking at old pictures.
ArthurB on 15th March 2021 @ 11:23am
All I have is my iPhone. Have to wait till I get home on my desk top. Can’t wait
L. E. on 15th March 2021 @ 2:53pm
Definitely don't try to download the full image on your mobile device unless you have really good eyes.
ArthurB on 15th March 2021 @ 3:15pm
This photo gives one a good idea as to just how large the Button house was. Also the size of Fashion livery stable at the end of Oak Street over there. Also a good view of the vinegar building and what was or would become H. R. Distillers there at the end of the bridge.
It looks as if Wells island out there had a huge sand bar to the west.
Wendell on 16th March 2021 @ 7:22am