This is the "Legion Camp" the day before the Legion climb of Mt. Hood in July, 1941. Later this evening this amphitheater would become the center of a celebration. Charlott told us how Crag Rats preparing the route would be positioned on the mountain with torches to help the climbers visualize what they were about to do. You can see an organ or piano to the right. I wonder how late they stayed up with a 4:30AM alarm set for the big climb?
This amphitheater doesn't seem big enough for the crowds we've seen in the climbing images. I guess they sat very close together for warmth in the cold July evening up on the mountain.
Tags: 1940s Alva_Day American_Legion amphitheater mountain_climbing Mt_Hood
Arthur, It appears the fellow in the suit is wearing a VFW cap/hat?
Dale Nicol on 16th November 2022 @ 8:08am
Alva Day was probably taking pictures of the wires strung everywhere.
Interesting photo. Are there any remains of this area? Like wooden slabs or stacked rocks?
I don't see any sawdust but it looks like the tree in the foreground was recently tipped over?
So, the Crag Rats did two climbs. One at night and one early the next morning. Wow!
L.E. on 16th November 2022 @ 8:19am
Is that the amphitheater at Tilly Jane?
Marilyn on 16th November 2022 @ 8:39am
Yes, Tilly Jane. The amphitheater seating has recently been restored and is in perfect condition to welcome contemporary performances. The mountain view is not so complete thanks to tree growth over the past 75+ years.
Tomr on 16th November 2022 @ 8:49am
Glad to hear about the restoration, it was in pretty sad shape last time I was there.
Marilyn on 16th November 2022 @ 12:11pm
I think that could be a Legion cap. My family did not climb the mountain but went up to help prepare the dinner served from the nearby hut that still exists. Climbers, probably Crag Rats/Legionnaires, left early evening to climb and then set off fireworks at the end of the performance in the amphitheater.
Cecelia on 16th November 2022 @ 7:01pm