According to the caption by Arline Moore, N.C. Evans built this electric power plant by Tucker Bridge in 1909-1910, and later sold it to Pacific Power and Light. I assume the sign "Cook By Wire" was an encouragement to buy one of the marvels of the new century, the electric stove. We have some Alva Day images showing the truck which traveled around the area demonstrating all the other electric marvels which you could buy, such as irons and blenders.
Would love to see more of this if you have them
Dan on 29th February 2012 @ 9:56am
This must be just down stream from the bridge. I am assuming it was a wooden dam, otherwise we would still see remnants of it today. Did they back the hood up?
anndrew b on 29th February 2012 @ 12:25pm
I wonder if we are looking at the north side of the river.
l.e. on 29th February 2012 @ 1:22pm
There is an additional view of the left side of this view, looking downstream. Mrs. Moore identifies it in that caption as "below Tucker Bridge." It shows what looks like a large concrete structure holding up the wooden structure topped with the "Cook By Wire" sign. That view also shows wires crossing the Hood River. It is clear in that view that this structure is on the south bank of the hood River, east of the Tucker home. The river is nice and straight, just like it is below the bridge.
Remember Max Moore worked for Pacific Power and Light. He documented all the dams in the area. I'll post his views of the pre-Powerdale power plant at Hood River, and the Dee Dam later.
Arthur on 29th February 2012 @ 6:47pm
You are on the north side looking towards the south side. Recall that barn in an earlier photo.
Charlott on 1st March 2012 @ 7:04am