This April 1952 image shows the start of a major transformation in Hood River. For 70 years Second Street dead ended at the railroad tracks, but in 1952 it was raised to meet an overpass which provided access to the soon-to-be-constructed highway along the river. As iconic as Lancaster's Columbia River Highway was, it served as the primary auto route for only about 35 years. Ten years later the Army Corp of Engineers built the first section of the current Hood River waterfront.
I suspect Alva Day took this shot from the veranda of the Hotel Oregon.
Note what looks like a steam donkey still in use on this construction site. This is probably when they removed the water tank which serviced Arlen's steam locomotives for some 80 years.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
That is the Gerdes place barely showing on the far right.
That has to be Nichols boat works out there in the distance.
Too bad that water tank is located where it is. Wouldn't it be nice to have had it preserved for Arlen?
charlott on 5th August 2014 @ 7:05am
I don't see a steam donkey. What am I missing? I see a crane with a long boom that looks like it might be being used to drive piling.
Buzz on 5th August 2014 @ 7:15am
That's a metal tank, too, so not too old at that time. Note the semaphore just west of the tank.
spinsur on 5th August 2014 @ 7:19am
Isn't that the boiler for a steam donkey behind the tank?
Arthur on 5th August 2014 @ 7:22am
On the dredged sand dike, just above the water tank. I'm kind of wondering if it was used not as a skidder, but as a dredge pump possibly, or some other way of moving dredgings.
spinsur on 5th August 2014 @ 7:23am
Alva Day was probably taking a photo of the power poles.
I know you would have crossed the tracks at the end of the Interstate Bridge and come up Button Hill to the HR Bridge, but was there anywhere else where downtown HR traffic could cross the tracks?
I wonder where the sand came from. Dredging the Columbia River?
l.e. on 5th August 2014 @ 7:36am
I would guess it isn't a steam donkey at all, but if it is, maybe at one time it was used with a drag line bucket for dredging. And I would guess it has been sitting there unused for years. Surprise me somebody, and tell me I am wrong.
Buzz on 5th August 2014 @ 7:40am
Rene deVin's Buick dealership on the left side.u
Norma on 5th August 2014 @ 10:41am
It must have been a Chevrolet Dealership first, as the Chevy Bowtie symbol is along the top front.
Jim Gray on 5th August 2014 @ 8:58pm