Here's the Legion climb at the Mt. Hood summit in 1937. It looks like they hauled a wireless set up the mountain so they could let the folks back home know they had arrived safely.
Happy New Year from Historic Hood River and the History Museum. May 2014 be full of history worth remembering.
HHR now includes 724 posts with more than 6000 comments from the past 2 1/2 years. In 2013 we had over 300,000 image views in more than 64,000 visits, with an average stay of 5 1/2 minutes.
What was your favorite HHR post in 2013? You can review them by clicking "browse" above. The first 5 1/2 pages are posts from 2013. If you post the name and the number part of the link (see the permalink just below-- this post is #411) we'll all know which one you're talking about. My vote is for #605, "Walking on Water."
Though I don't see any Crag Rat shirts, they were the guides on the 1937 Legion Climb. I don't know when they started having communication from the top, but know after the war they had radios between the summit and Legion Camp. It was special the year my Dad was up on the mountain on the flare lighting crew to illuminate that Saturday night at the close of the program, and I got to talk to him on the radio.
charlott on 31st December 2013 @ 7:08am
Oh Arthur....I don't know. I am actually looking at each individual photo. There are so many varied aspects of life in the HR area. I'm into August and I'm not going to rush. I'm enjoying perusing through the year.
l.e. on 31st December 2013 @ 9:10am
Charlott, great story about talking to your Dad on the mountain. I bet it was a thrill to say "over" as a little kid.
Though you can't see it at this resolution, there are several guys with Crag Rats shirts up near the summit house.
Arthur on 31st December 2013 @ 10:25am
Thank you so much for all the effort you have put into this. I visit every day - I look FORWARD to clicking on this site. I appreciate all the work you and your fellow historians have done. The comments have taught me so much. I wish all of you and Historic Hood River a very Happy New Year.
Jill Stanford on 31st December 2013 @ 1:14pm
I echo Jill's comments....this is my daily favorite site and I continue to learn a lot about my home of birth....
My favorite 2013 posting, while a difficult decision, is Viento, cira 1900 posted 10/3/2013. The whole story as Arthur painted with multiple picture postings....the Oregon Lumber Company operation at Chenowith, the flume, the rafts at Drano Lake and finally this picture of the finishing mill and OR&N train at Viento. Thanks Arthur for helping me gain a better understanding of what I still consider to be my home town. Arlen
Arlen Sheldrake on 31st December 2013 @ 5:20pm
I agree with Arlen on the photos, Arthur, I so appreciate the knowledge you and he have and share.
Kenn on 31st December 2013 @ 6:34pm
Yes, I decided, like Arlen that my favorite was the series of Oregon Lumber Co. I learned a lot from those photos and I think about them when I travel through that area of the Columbia.
l.e. on 31st December 2013 @ 6:35pm
Have enjoyed the results of your work on this site. I liked Indian George sitting on a rock in the river and letting the world go by. And my apologies if I have offended anyone with my comments. Would enjoy meeting as many of the commentators as possible if anyone in Hood River would be interested in organizing some kind of a get-together. Anyone interested?
Buzz on 31st December 2013 @ 7:05pm
If the snow is off the Mountain, I would come over from Sisters for a get-together and put faces to comments!
Jill Stanford on 31st December 2013 @ 7:11pm
I enjoyed the "Then and Now" photo and I would like to see some more of those.
I would be interested in meeting the other commenters.
Remember, Arthur has a talk coming up in January. Not sure what day.
l.e. on 31st December 2013 @ 10:23pm
I cannot decide which one I like the best. They all are great memories of the past. I post some on facebook for and get nice comments of those that remember when.
nlc on 1st January 2014 @ 8:05am
Maybe a get-together in the spring when traveling would be more convenient. Informal lunch-Charburgers?- combined with something Arthur or museum would put on in the evening. I'm open to anything. More ideas from anyone?
Buzz on 1st January 2014 @ 8:34am
As a result of these wonderful history lessons I visited the Museum last week onthe Alva Day and Christmas celebration. There was live music all day, excellent dioramas, refreshments - and all free. I sat up on the mezzanine and browsed thru Alva Day photos, and got an even better feel for this man, a loyal electric co. employe, hunter, photographer nonstop, and his family who he obviously cared for a great deal based on the number of photos.
nels on 1st January 2014 @ 11:25am
The museum people, all passionate workers, just received their 503c certification, so any donations can now be a tax deduction. Walking through the museum you can just feel the love and see the hard work that goes into this lovely place. And their hours are almost unheard of for a volunteer museum. It's a star in HR County's hat , and with the soon to be digitation of the HR newspapers it will become a place of much research. I fear that the Museum may go the way of the HRCo Library and thrown out on it's own. So speaking to your favorite county commissioner might help the museum when it comes to budget time. And the next special presentation on the Japanese pre-, during, and post WWII is certainly going to be a heartfelt experience. A not to be missed exhibit on the issues a populace faces in time of war and the courageous Japanese population who has forgiven and come back to be outstanding citizens of our county.
nels on 1st January 2014 @ 11:39am
Many ! many! thanks to Arthur and Matt for their tireless work to bring the past into today. Having lived in a good portion of this area I am personally appreciative of their work to bring such enjoyable memorized back to me.
Yes let's definitly get together this spring and have a round table from all of us. So many people have enjoyed their work, we should give them a BIG PARTY.
I'd be glad to help. Bill Pattison (email@example.com)
Bill P. on 3rd January 2014 @ 10:11pm
I don't live in HR, but I live close enough to help. When the time comes to have a party let me know and I am willing to work on it.
l.e. on 4th January 2014 @ 4:56pm