With the construction of the new interstate complete, construction of the port lands commenced. Here we see the early stages of the fill project which created the waterfront we have today-- a dramatic transformation from the low lying river delta of the previous generation. Having dealt with "in water" construction recently, I'm struck by how much sediment is visible in the Columbia River. You can be sure that any construction in the Columbia today happens during a narrow "fish window" and extensive measures are taken to minimize sediment flow into the river.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Tags: 1960s aerial Columbia_River Port_of_Hood_River USS_Banning
Do you have an approximate date Arthur?
Is this late 50's or early 60's?
l.e. on 17th May 2012 @ 7:04am
Looks like the USS Banning is docked there, I think that came to town in the early sixties, use to jump off it until chased away.
Jim Gray on 17th May 2012 @ 7:27am
Based on the history at the Port's website (http://www.portofhoodriver.com/info/history.php) I'd place it in the early 60's. The hotel by the bridge was built in 1964, so we're before that.
Arthur on 17th May 2012 @ 7:42am
Fabulous pic Arthur....geez, I just can't wait to get my eyes on all the pix in the museum's files!!
I think it's interesting to see the Button Junction bridges and ramps and stuff. Is that the HCRH Hood River bridge?? Was it designed by Conde McCullough??
The Hood River News covered the "making of the port" quite a bit, so you can flip thru the pages in the library to get some dating of stuff. I'm guessing this is '63-'64-ish.
Scott Cook on 17th May 2012 @ 9:15am
The "Banning" had occupants. Jeanne Senior (married name) lived there with her family. Do we have any pictures of the ship?
judy on 17th May 2012 @ 10:07am
Where did all the fill come from ?
Ellen Dittebrandt on 18th May 2012 @ 9:44am
I'm told that my Dad's uncle, Bob Vaughan, ran a dredge to the east of the Hood River near the bridge, but I'm not sure if it was east or west of the bridge. Some of the material he dredged up might have been used for the port fill.
Jeffrey Bryant on 18th May 2012 @ 3:43pm
That is a great question Ellen. I have been told the sand was dredged from the Columbia River channel, and the rock came from the Dalles Dam construction. Can anyone confirm that? It wasn't that long ago, someone must remember.
Arthur on 18th May 2012 @ 4:46pm
Nice view of the old Columbia River Highway bridge over Hood River in this view, as well -- too bad we lost that one.
Tom Kloster on 5th January 2013 @ 8:40pm