Can you identify the location of this stereocard view from the 1890's? I got it wrong, but fortunately it was labelled by the card's owner. I'll tell you the location and the owner of the house below later today.
OK, time's up: We're looking up Front Street towards Oak. This is a very similar view we saw in the image of the Davenports leaving town. The camera is pointing due north in today's image, instead of NNE. The camera angle in the Davenport image is almost identical to another one we saw last week: the Fashion Garage fire.
The Columbia River is running high in this image, flooding the part of the delta which is now the Nichols basin. If you compare carefully with the Davenport image you can make out the larger willows and cottonwoods which are above the flood level. You can also compare the pine tree in the foreground, and the utility poles along Front.
The owner of the house? According to the owner of the stereo card, this was Bert Stranahan's home. Here's a portrait of him, and here's a fun biography. We saw him previously at school and at the Mt. Hood Hotel.
And if that is the Mt. Hood RR spur, this must be after 1905.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Don't know, but agree it is downtown from the hills across the river. Could this possibly be during the 1890 big flood since the water is so close up there to the railroad track? There is a ramp of some sort going up towards the left of the photo, so it goes to something or other. Wonder which of the big paddle wheels that might be. I noticed the sail boat right of the trees. Wonder if that actually signified something, like a mail run back and forth, as they did that, or someone simply out for pleasure. Not that it is, but that sure looks like a cow grazing along that fence line.
Very impressive photo with that big old boat out there churning along.
Charlott on 26th March 2012 @ 7:10am
I do belive its near where the bridge is now. don't think its at flood stage cause I see the rail road tracks.
Dan K on 26th March 2012 @ 7:38am
I believe that house on the left is still there. It's at the junction of E. 2nd and State Streets.
Paul K on 26th March 2012 @ 8:47am
No one's too far off, but not the exact location yet. The "ramp" Charlott identified is actually a string of rail cars, which is a hint and also says this card is not from the 1890's but from the 1900's.
Arthur on 26th March 2012 @ 10:11am
sounds like where the mt hood rr splits w/ the owr&n. must be at bottom of front and oak/cascade area?
spinsur on 26th March 2012 @ 11:28am
It almost looks like the location is to the east....closer to Kobergs beach based on the view of the Washington side.
Dr. Steelhead Catcher on 26th March 2012 @ 12:26pm
Is that where the Mt. Hood Railroad splits off the main line?
Charlott on 26th March 2012 @ 12:45pm
OK, time for some bigger hints:
1) Yes, that is the Mt. Hood RR splitting off from the OWR&N
2) We've seen almost the same spot within the past month
Arthur on 26th March 2012 @ 3:21pm
Good thing I wasn't here this morning. I would have placed this down river. But since most of you have already solved the location I am going to say it is connected to the "Davenports Leaving Town" photo. #239.
This must be to the west of that photo.
I think Charlott must be right about flood stage.
l.e. on 26th March 2012 @ 4:01pm
Are those the first windsurfers in the Hood?
Ralph on 27th March 2012 @ 6:06am
See the full answer to this mystery post in the notes section, above.
Arthur on 27th March 2012 @ 7:55am
Looks to me like east 2 about where that old Sign was at the end of the road. next to the Kayak shop.
Ellen Dittebrandt on 27th March 2012 @ 12:14pm
I wonder if this photo was taken the same day as #39, which shows the stern wheeler pulling into HR.
In this photo, it could have just left HR and is heading toward Bingen.
l.e. on 27th March 2012 @ 2:17pm