This image of a beached whale likely on the Oregon or Washington coast, circa 1905 doesn't have a direct connection to Hood River, but I never pass up an opportunity to link to the video of the 1970 KATU coverage of ODOT blowing up a dead whale on the Oregon coast. In 2020 the city of Florence created a small park to memorialize the event (and the unfortunate whale).
The man at the tail end of the creature seems to be holding a 12" ruler, which is far less concerning than the knife the man in the foreground it wielding.
Tags: 1900s Oregon_coast whale
Interesting....let's hope someone with good knowledge of the coast can guess or place this based on the land horizon features in the background. I see two large structures in the background just to the left of the whale. Or maybe identify the whale?
kmb on 12th August 2022 @ 7:59am
I believe it is a humpback whale.
ArthurB on 12th August 2022 @ 9:11am
Reminds me of the Lewis and Clark whale story.
L.E. on 12th August 2022 @ 2:00pm
It was a huge windfall for early coastal dwellers to harvest the blubber from beached whales.
Peter on 12th August 2022 @ 3:52pm
Interesting point, Peter. It was as if a gasoline tanker truck was abandoned right next to town.
ArthurB on 14th August 2022 @ 7:41pm