This aerial view of the west side of Hood River shows the new high school building, constructed in 1927 on May Street. You can see the start of the "pit" that houses the public works departments of both Hood River County and City. Hopefully someone can explain why they dug that hole. The land where the Aquatic center now sits has some other buildings. The land which now holds the HRFD station is vacant, and it would be some time before the surrounding area was filled with homes.
Never really knew the Hood River High School actually sat in the country when i was constructed. Just look at all those trees behind it. How time changes things. Notice the trees for wind breaks.... My take is that the buildings in the foreground must be about Belmont and Avalon area.
Charlott on 1st March 2012 @ 7:09am
The pit was dug because of the natural gravel there and was used on the county and city roads. I am amazed at how wooded the city is and to think all the giant trees around the high school were not yet even planted.
Jim Gray on 1st March 2012 @ 7:34am
I believe this photo shows where my family spent the 1950s, Route 4 Box 311 on Belmont. Juse west and across Belmont from what was Canby's Nursing Home. I fondly remember the views of Mt Adams and watching the KIHR tower being built including one of the tower workers sitting on top eating his lunch before installing the beacon. I believe we purchased the house and acreage from the Crows (may have the wrong name) in the late fortys and we moved out from the city. Our original house on Prospect, still exists.
During our ownership we sold off lots south of KIHR along what I think is 22nd street up to Belmont and houses were built. It was quite the rural setting even in the 1950s. Many "fond" memories of our septic tank, clearing sprinklers from silt, and the irrigation canal. When we purchased the place it still had a "working" outhouse as I remember it came equipped with a Sears catalog..........Thanks for the memory trigger Arthur.
Arlen Sheldrake on 1st March 2012 @ 8:26am
And a couple of more comments...... I remember our Mom noting that our moving day out to the "country" was Vanport Flood day in 1948. Our property on Belmont adjoined the Dixon property to the NW and their bugger bull occasionally got out an harrassed our milk cow............
Arthur: are you tuned into the all class HRHS reunion August 11th?? Part of the program should be you talking about this most excellent web site.
Arlen Sheldrake on 1st March 2012 @ 9:56am
On top of the gravel pit was where airplanes landed. before the present air port was built. Before that they landed on a strip of land down by Well's island.
Bobi Jones on 1st March 2012 @ 2:35pm
My great-great grandfather, Cyrus Vaughan, raised strawberries where the high school track is located.
Jeffrey Bryant on 1st March 2012 @ 4:45pm
BLO land records indicate that most of the cleared area in this photo originally was part of the William Jenkins land grant.
Jeffrey Bryant on 1st March 2012 @ 7:25pm
The County has been guilty of digging several of these pits. One which is still a nuisance to this day, is located on the west end of Nix Drive, near the Ball Park.
Lesa on 14th March 2013 @ 3:04pm