This is one of the few images I've seen of Koberg Beach after the construction of Bonneville Dam. This one is dated to August 1940. You can see the towers for the transmission lines to move hydroelectric power across the river.
It is certainly a good view of the White Salmon hills for a comparison of changes in vegetation.
I think there are more trees on those hills now.
l.e. on 6th September 2013 @ 7:36am
You can just make out the "BINGEN" sign on the hillside. I really miss that sign when I come back to Hood River. Wonder how many years it was there.
Norma Jubitz Simpson on 6th September 2013 @ 10:51am
What happened to the sign? It must be still up there in some form.
AndrewB on 6th September 2013 @ 11:39am
I wonder why you couldn't drive a few steel piling offshore from the beach maybe 30 or 40 yards and tie a stiff leg made out of big logs to them so they could slide up and down the piling. That should keep the beach from eroding away. Then dump some sand in there and give the kids a place to swim and play.
Buzz on 6th September 2013 @ 1:41pm
The modern Bonneville Pool is closely regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers, so adding or removing more than a few grains of sand involves permits and review. The city's waterfront park took more than a year for USACE approval, and all in-water work had to be done in a narrow window when fish migration is at a minimum.
Arthur on 6th September 2013 @ 3:01pm
Had the opportunity to work with the USACE a few times on reviews and permits when employed in the private sector and to issue a few permits when in the public sector. If a project was feasible economically and ecologically, they generally got done if the private or political will outweighed our natural inertia.
Buzz on 6th September 2013 @ 3:41pm
I have to wonder, if this were a photo of today, how many of those youngsters would be looking at their cell phone.
l.e. on 8th September 2013 @ 4:15pm
Many years ago, on the night of a full moon, a number of friends hiked up to one of those bare areas to create a sign with vegetation. The design was a peace symbol with all the lines being drawn 10ft wide using thousands of bulbs and various seeds. It was only visible for a couple of years and I'm not sure if many people realized that it was there. This was a project that took months to coordinate. We had a system of lines that would map the symbol.
Anonymous on 10th September 2013 @ 4:56pm