The reconstruction of exit 64 and the I-84 overpass was completed last year, replacing the 50 year old intersection. Here's what it looked like when it was brand new.
If you're having trouble navigating this image, just add the Hood River Inn, restaurants, gas stations, etc. and it will make sense.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Also gives a good look at what is now Carson Oil and the rock yard. You really don't see much of that from any angle.
charlott on 15th January 2013 @ 7:02am
What was the toll for crossing the bridge back then?
RALPH on 15th January 2013 @ 7:07am
Is that the same swim shack that was out there at least ttil a few years ago? Wonder what the billboard at hr inn site says? Coming soon? The writing on roof of oil company already says Hood River.
spinsur on 15th January 2013 @ 7:31am
Looks like a lot of sand.
Is there still a little side rail that goes into the oil facility.
If I would have been an old timer back then, I would have shook my head and said they were crazy because it was all going to flood.
l.e. on 15th January 2013 @ 7:59am
I'll bet it is the same swim shack. We used to water ski off that shack back in the late 70's. Cool photo!
Dan on 15th January 2013 @ 8:36am
That is a wood trestle supporting the road leading to Highway 35. I was on a Highway Dept. survey team that worked on rebuilding it in 1961.
Bill Seaton on 15th January 2013 @ 9:16am
As I recall, Ruth and Gordon Arnold owned that swim shack. They had to remove it.
Judy on 15th January 2013 @ 10:51am
Good eyes, spinsur-- I didn't even notice the billboard. Unfortunately I can't read it even in the high res scan. Cool little toll booth, though.
Arthur on 15th January 2013 @ 11:36am
I thought it was Jimmy and Frances Arnold that had the float.
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 15th January 2013 @ 1:25pm
My Dad, Bob Bryant, used beams from the wooden Button Bridge when he built Hood River Nursery in the early 1970's.
Jeffrey Bryant on 15th January 2013 @ 6:35pm
Great frozen in time in HR history. All the area north of the UP Railroad was crated by pumping sand from the Columbia River in the 1950's. The material filled the Button Slough (good fishing) and the area now occupied by the Marina, office buldings and the Museum. There is a lot of history in this area which can be covered later. The railroad spur noth of the Railroad with the covered structure was used to offload the coal cars (both lump and crushed). This fuel was the fore runner of oil and supplemented saw dust from the saw mills. The warehouse at the bottom of the photo was owned by C.M. & W.O. Shappard to warehouse their sale of orchard equipment. The lower ground floor flooded every spring and was partially mitigated by a Bonneville Power Pump Station. For many years the fill to the east of the Bridge was known as the HR Rice Paddy. This area was planted to reduce the wind errosion until Eddie Mays from Yakima built yhe HR Inn. The area of the present Marina has a long history including the camp site of the Corps of Discovery on their return to St. Louis. And much more.
Bill P. on 15th January 2013 @ 10:02pm
Very interesting Bill. Thanks for the info.
l.e. on 15th January 2013 @ 11:01pm
I will ask Gail who owned the float as I see her quite often.
charlott on 16th January 2013 @ 7:02am
Gail says that it was co-owned by Jim and Gordon Arnold
charlott on 24th January 2013 @ 5:38pm