It's unusual to have an image that tells so many different stories. The rail car on the siding in front of the Union Building (AGA cold storage facility) seems to be part of a state fish stocking program, probably associated with those many Alva Day stocking photos we've seen.
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Wow, Fish and Game Dept. have their very own railroad car.
I don't know if this is the same time era as the A. Day photo at the railroad station where everyone is bustling around as if in a hurry, but we now know the fish did come in on the train.
I wonder if the car is loading up with ice, or if they are storing the cans of fish in cold storage.
l.e. on 24th October 2012 @ 7:31am
real shutters are rather unusual 'round these parts, 'specially on the north side of a building. 'spose those are for insulation? and what is the person in the window doing...?
spinsur on 24th October 2012 @ 7:46am
Any ideas what the strange things on the top of the train are? Vents? And if so why so many?
nels on 24th October 2012 @ 8:51am
Another WOW pictture Arthur and another specialized car to join the chapel and agricultural improvement cars that toured the state of Oregon. Another example that for a period of years most everything was centered around the railroad and why if your community was bypassed by the railroad it withered or died.
So one would assume from the car name that the small fish were delivered to distribution points with this car and as was earlier noted maybe that is why the folk were gathered at the depot in the earlier posted photo.
Arlen Sheldrake on 24th October 2012 @ 8:58am
This is the "Rainbow Car" that went around the state from the varous fish hatchries. The yung fngerlings were loaded into this car and taken to various points through out the states for stocking of rivers and lakes. At each destinaton along the way there was a "boss" who arrived to take over the portion/or possibly entre load of baby rainbow trout for distributon. This car was used in the era right abut the end of WWI or shortly there after as there was an increased interest in fishing our lakes and streams.
I don't think "Terminal Ice" building played into any of this, but just think that is where the car was deposited on the siding.
My guess is that those are some sort of vents to force air into possibly the vants/tanks that would house the fingerlings.
charlott on 24th October 2012 @ 9:44am