A few months ago I ran into local photographer Darryl Lloyd. He was interested in the photo project, so I sent him a few shots. He couldn't resist the challenge to duplicate the original views. He's done a spectacular job at matching the location and focal length of the hundred year old images. When he finishes his current book project I hope I can get him to do a few more.
You first saw this image in this May 2012 post. We rescanned it from the negative since the original post, so the hundred year old view is more crisp.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I think the first thing I noticed is the bluff across the river, with no houses in the first photo. There is the hotel cupola poking through the trees. All those trees growing on that island there. So nice to have the two photos of different eras to compare.
charlott on 26th February 2013 @ 7:06am
I am amazed at the similarities.
Thank you to the old and the new photographers.
l.e. on 26th February 2013 @ 7:17am
Looking at the top photo, you can see that it was the railroad that made the town site of HR feasible. Not, the easy landing of a steamboat.
l.e. on 26th February 2013 @ 7:41am
Love these shots. Reminds me of when I grew up on Hazel St. back in the 1960s and 70s. Our house was just east of where these shots were taken.
Dan K on 26th February 2013 @ 7:48am
The location is Hazel just east of the stairs. From examining several views, I'm pretty sure the "trees" on the island in the delta are actually shrubs/ brush. There were large cottonwood and willows down by the steamship landing and closer to the railroad tracks (you can see a few of them), but the "island" probably didn't have anything taller than about 6-8' and shifted considerably year to year.
Arthur on 26th February 2013 @ 8:29am
The lower photo is after Bonneville Dam construction, so is the river level in the upper photo be about 40 feet lower/ shallower than the lower photo?
RALPH on 26th February 2013 @ 8:34am
Ralph, the mean water level was lower but the range of variation was much greater than it is today. Anyone have good numbers on the mean and the variation of the water level at HR before the dam? I have a few spot numbers and recall hearing the seasonal variation was something >40 feet.
Arthur on 26th February 2013 @ 9:15am
Sure picked a beautiful day for the new picture. Not a wind surfer in sight!
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 26th February 2013 @ 11:36am
Hats off to Darryl for this -- makes history come alive with seeing the changes.
Jill Stanford on 26th February 2013 @ 11:56am
And thank you Matt or Arthur for rescanning the old one. Makes a world of difference.
l.e. on 26th February 2013 @ 2:28pm
Wowsa !!! Great stuff !! Newspaper worthy !! Looks as if back in the day more of White Salmon WA Township was visible at the far right up on the bluff- looking down on HR-
Steve on 27th February 2013 @ 6:49am