Wonder what was the eventual purpose of the buck skinned logs in the background? Quite the facial hair on the second fellow right from the unhitched team. Notice the rails, small, lightweight, should be one more off screen left. And the "frog" for switching. It appears the two rails exiting left would go down to the water, although looking at the windswept trees and background, that may be incorrect.
spinsur on 2nd October 2013 @ 7:28am
This is a GREAT series of photos. I wonder if those semi-submerged rafts from a day or so ago had wheels that allowed them to be pulled up on these rails? Every picture with a dog in it is much better as is this one. Appears to be railroad ties and utility poles in the background.
Lots of good memories of Viento.....
Arlen Sheldrake on 2nd October 2013 @ 9:27am
All these buildings in this set of pictures had corrugated metal roofs. Never gave much thought at to when this particular building material became available.
longshot on 2nd October 2013 @ 9:42am
East wind is blowing!
I wonder if they did a poster of the Viento Mill workers. And I wonder if one of the young boys is Arnold Eccles.
I would like to hear some memories of Viento, because for me, nothing exists there except an I-84 road sign for Viento Park.
l.e. on 2nd October 2013 @ 9:44am
A lot of Oregon history with the Oregon Lumber Company. A lot of railroad history also.
l.e. on 2nd October 2013 @ 9:55am
l.e., you meant to say west wind, didn't you? Or am I turned around... if we're at Viento, looking north to Washington... ;-)
spinsur on 2nd October 2013 @ 10:09am
l.e., there is a roster photo for the Viento mill. The youngest looking person on it is Joel Nibley, store clerk (born 1881). You'll get to see the store tomorrow, in the final photo of the series.
Arthur on 2nd October 2013 @ 10:17am
Not even a mention of sawmill remains in the 1936 Bonneville mapping in the Viento area. The Kvavle family had extensive ownership east and west of Viento by 1936, most all in gardens and pasture, with "brush windbreaks'.
spinsur on 2nd October 2013 @ 10:24am
Sorry, I guess those are the Washington hills in the background.
Just assumed Oregon without thinking. Not unusual for me.
Oh well...at least the wind is blowing for Viento.
In this issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly, there is an article about David Eccles, the founder of all this business. The name Nibley is also mentioned.
l.e. on 2nd October 2013 @ 11:44am
With Viento and Wind Mtn names, and Shellrock Mtn. looking like it is ready to slide into the river, I wondered what crossing the river was like in that area before the Bonneville Pool.
This is what Lewis and Clark describe:
Clark, October 30, 1805 ...
A cool morning, a moderate rain all the last night, after eating a partial brackfast of venison we Set out [from their camp near Drano Lake and the Little White Salmon River] passed Several places where the rocks projected into the river & have the appearance of haveing Seperated from the mountains and fallen promiscuisly into the river, Small nitches are formed in the banks below those projecting rocks which is comon in this part of the river, Saw 4 Cascades caused by Small Streams falling from the mountains on the Lard. Side,...a remarkable circumstance in this part of the river is, the Stumps of pine trees.....are in maney places are at Some distance in the river, and gives every appearance of the rivers being damed up below from Some cause which I am not at this time acquainted with... the Current of the river is also verry jentle not exceeding 1 1/2 mile pr. hour and about 3/4 of a mile in width. Some rain, we landed above the mouth of a Small river on the Stard. Side [Wind River] and Dined.
From Columbia River Images: http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/viento_state_park.html
l.e. on 2nd October 2013 @ 1:23pm
Clothing of the day always interests me, and we see various degrees of work clothes, vests, a few with ties, hats, and one gentleman in full regalia lounging on a log pile in the background. And why such a young child clinging to a man's leg in the foreground.
nels on 2nd October 2013 @ 2:06pm
From the State Park Info:
Although viento is the Spanish word for wind, and trees in the area show the shaping effects of strong winds in the Columbia Gorge, the park name was taken from a nearby station on the railroad -- the title of which supposedly was composed of the first letters of surnames of the railroad builder Henry Villard, capitalist William Endicott, and a contractor named Tolman. These men were active in railroad building along the Columbia River in the 1870s and 1880s.
l.e. on 3rd October 2013 @ 12:36am