This was certainly a clever way to construct a gondola to carry skiers from Government Camp up to Timberline. Does anyone remember riding in this contraption?
I wonder if they left the steering wheel for the driver.
Yes, I remember it very vividly. I never did get the opportunity to ride in it. The station at the Government Camp site is still there. Now it is an apartment building. To think that so much money was spent on the contruction of and in the end it was taken down.
It would have afforded quite a fantastic view.......
charlott on 12th February 2013 @ 7:04am
The Skyway was only in operation a couple of years. One of the problems was the three mile long cables had a tendency to ice up. A better road was built up to Timberline and there were shuttle buses running that cost 50 cents, where a trip on the Skyway was 75 cents. It opened in February 1951. Though not in operation the towers for the cables were there until 1961.
charlott on 12th February 2013 @ 7:14am
You need to change how you spell Skiway in your title Arthur. They were much more creative with their spelling back in those days.
l.e. on 12th February 2013 @ 7:28am
Only vague memories on my part as our family didn't spend much time on that side of the Hood. An amazing chapter in the history of Mountain Hood; glad it was captured on a retained postcard.
Arlen Sheldrake on 12th February 2013 @ 10:20am
a humorously happy grin on the passenger at the back window!
nels on 12th February 2013 @ 11:15am
You can read the full history of the Skiway, plus much, much, more in Jack Grauer's Mt. Hood: A Complete History. I think they might carry it at Waucoma.
Lisa Hargrave on 18th February 2013 @ 8:55pm
The cables going through that many wheels was extremely loud. It pulled itself rather than the common practuce of being pullled.
Kenn on 21st March 2013 @ 9:58pm