I usually crop out the messy bits of the images so you can see more of the main field, but in this case I think the story may be on the edge. This was the apple vinegar plant on Railroad Avenue, across the street from the packing houses. We know it burned in a large fire in 1925. It looks like this image may have survived the fire, which is pretty impressive considering how total the destruction appear to be in this image.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
"Strewn all over the place", is the phrase that comes to mind for those apple boxes.
So many of the lumber mills had a box factory. Can you imagine all the boxes needed for the HR, Mosier, The Dalles and WS orchards. Where I grew up at the west end of the Gorge it was prune boxes.
L.E. on 7th February 2022 @ 8:03am
Always wondered why there is no vinegar factory here to this day.
Such a logical secondary business. Do any of the other apple
areas of vinegar factories?
nels on 7th February 2022 @ 10:37am
LE, the boxes caught my attention too. I would love a couple for the back of my truck.
Prunes were a major crop in Hood River through the 1920s. My neighborhood on the east side of the city still has prune trees left over from the days of commercial crops. I enjoy them every summer.
ArthurB on 7th February 2022 @ 12:52pm
RememberThe huge vinegar barrel building on the last street next to the river? My dad worked for Webster Orchards just west of tge barrel. Vinegar leaked a little out between the barrel steves, perfuming the whole neighborhood like a salad bar,aand we smelled it when we drove past to pick him up.
Barbara Parsons on 7th February 2022 @ 2:41pm
Nice word picture Barbara.
nels on 7th February 2022 @ 6:15pm