This view of the Hood River delta circa 1915 shows it before dams, before fill for the highway, before engineering of the Port and Nichols Basin. The snow does a nice job at enhancing contrast so we can better make out the shape of the delta and the distant cliffs of Washington. It looks remarkably like the delta which has been rebuilding itself in recent years.
The cupola of the Mt. Hood Hotel at First and Cascade provides a good reference point for this view, which I think may have been taken from this house.
This is the time of year when wind sports enthusiasts start to wonder when the delta will emerge from the spring floods, and what shape it will be.
When I first opened the page, I thought, "I bet this is a Davidson photo".
What a neat photo. I can see why steam boats said HR was hard to make a landing. Even a ferry would be hard to navigate in and out of the channels.
You can see the landing on the Washington side. I can't remember the name. Warner Landing?
You can see from this how the backwater from dams, eliminates sloughs.
l.e. on 15th May 2012 @ 8:09am
The questions that come to mind for me are about the Wa side. We can see that the Evergreen Hwy has yet to be built....but, is there a Dock Grade Rd?? When did the Dock Grade Rd get constructed? And, what about the set of steps that led up from the dock to the bluff---can you see them when you look close Arthur??
This pic also makes the flood of '94 pix make more sense to me--the one where the sternwheeler has "docked" in the slough.
Scott Cook on 15th May 2012 @ 10:04pm
Is the closest building with the false front, the early Post Office in photo # 190?
The early landing on the Washington side was called Palmer landing, but in 1903 it was turned over to the Steamship company.
You would think with the snow, both Cook and Dock grade would show clearly.
Dates for the roads and stairway are between 1892 and 1897.
l.e. on 15th May 2012 @ 10:55pm
Do you think this was the same 1915/16 winter that washed out the Hood River bridge?
l.e. on 16th May 2012 @ 7:07am
Interesting photo. It looks look like Underwood Mt has been clear cut.
Most of the large trees on my heavily wooded property in Underwood are around 100 years old.
Kelly Cooper on 18th May 2012 @ 7:34am
Wm. Rand Livery building, and mt. Hood Hotel. Right?
JW on 24th May 2012 @ 4:04am
Well Arthur, if this was your way of testing us, JW deserves an ‘A’. Is that not the Mount Hood Hotel in this picture rather than the Hood River Hotel?
And that being the case, JW and l.e. have correctly identified the Wm. Rand Livery and the Post Office buildings across from it on First Street.
Jim on 24th May 2012 @ 6:38am
Good catch Jim-- of course it is now the Hood River Hotel, but it was the Mount Hood Hotel back then. I'll correct the text.
Arthur on 24th May 2012 @ 9:03am
Thanks for sharing. Way Cool!
CU Salin' on 13th August 2012 @ 7:45pm