Here's another fine Benjamin Gifford image from the album which the OR&N Company agent gave to the Hood River Commercial Club. There's so much to like in this image-- the horse drawn wagon pulling a heavy load of lumber up the steep grade juxtaposed with the newfangled automobile, the way he frames the scene with the rocks and trees, the glimpse of the Columbia River in the distance, and even the way he uses a tree to hide the telephone pole. The album seems to date to 1910, but hopefully one of the car experts can provide some more information on the auto.
I hope to see some of you tomorrow at my "Sense of Place" lecture at Springhouse Cellars. The title is "500 Yards: The Ghosts in Our Backyard." It consists entirely of photos taken within 500 yards of the lecture location. We really had fun at my last Sense of Place lecture. Details here.
It is on this corner where you got the first glimpse of Hood River. No guard rails, what were they thinking?
Charlott on 7th January 2014 @ 7:02am
By the evidence at the bottom of the photo there must be a horse in front of the car.
This is a well graded road. I wonder what it looked like earlier. Now days, as we zip up and down the pavement we don't really notice that drop off.
Are those really wires at the top of the photo?
l.e. on 7th January 2014 @ 7:12am
This vehicle looks very similar to the one in the 12-16-13 parade photo.
Both are right hand drive, large, open touring styles without a wind screen.
dsc on 7th January 2014 @ 8:00am
A good number of conversations happening in the valley.....one per wire back in those days.
Keep the Gorge snow/ice free tomorrow Arthur......I'm not into chains anymore.
Arlen Sheldrake on 7th January 2014 @ 8:23am
Arlen....there is a web site called Lumosity. It has games that are suppose to keep our old minds nimble. They came out with a new one called Train of Thought. You have to get all of these little train engines into the matching train station. I am terrible at it. I think about you when I play it and wonder if you would be much kinder to those little lost steam engines trying to find their home.
l.e. on 7th January 2014 @ 10:21am