Images of engineering feats are always more fun when they're full of people. How many men do you count in this image?
This is identified as the Big Stanley Smith trestle on the Trip Gate flume. We know the Stanley Smith mill at Greenpoint (now Kingsley) was fed logs by flume from Rainy, North, and Black Lakes. Rough sawed lumber traveled by flume to their planing mills at Belmont and Ruthton. Does anyone know where "trip gate flume" was located?
As a generic term, a "trip gate" is a kind of a dead man switch on a flume's water source. When a flume fails, a simple electrical circuit is interrupted causing the water source to be diverted from the flume. This can prevent the serious damage of uncontrolled water spilling from the flume. I wonder if every section of flume warranted a trip gate of some sort, or if they were reserved for more critical segments.
I see 20
Charlott on 5th May 2014 @ 7:03am
Sometimes I count 19, sometimes 21.
One guy is barefoot.
Looks like Hemlock trees growing on the backside?
It looks so sturdy that it makes me think it was not abandoned but torn down for the lumber.
l.e. on 5th May 2014 @ 7:46am
An amazing structure, It would be interesting to know the location, length and height.
The Willard flume had a tripwire, a gate diverted the water into Drano lake. The lumber was stacked onto a platform at the gate until the flume could be restored. The remains of the platform or dock were still evident a few years ago.
Kenn on 5th May 2014 @ 9:08am
Kenn....if you don't mind my asking....
Who are you, that you know so much about the history of the area??
l.e. on 5th May 2014 @ 9:17am
Ellen Dittebrandt on 5th May 2014 @ 9:48am
Just an amateur historian, mainly interested in gorge and transportation history from the Rockies to the west coast. I have spent decades prowling the gorge, the gorge wagon road and the Barlow on Mt Hood, nosey I guess. Hope I am not intruding with my comments on this site.
Kenn on 5th May 2014 @ 9:50am
Kenn...I'm not sure anyone can intrude on this site when they have knowledge about the history of the area.
It is especially valuable in the future for people who come to this site searching for information.
I find it fascinating that you have such detailed knowledge about gorge history.
As in photo #758 and the number of drowned trees in the submerged forest.
Most people don't even know about the submerged forest much less how many trees.
l.e. on 5th May 2014 @ 10:17am
Keep the comments coming Kenn.
We'll need to plan a summer HHR field trip to search for flume evidence. Or poison oak.
Arthur on 5th May 2014 @ 10:22am
Kenn DOES know things! I'll help with Field trips if folks want to go see stuffs.
Scott Cook on 5th May 2014 @ 12:08pm
Googling around trying to get a timeline in my head of who owned what mills and when, I have seen several photos of what is suppose to be the flume at Bull Run built some time around 1911, by I think, the Davenport family who had earlier sold to Oregon Lumber Co., which then sold to Stanley-Smith.
I know a flume is a flume, but this one looks very similar to the Bull Run flume.
J. Frank Davenport was definitely known as a flume builder and went broke trying to build flumes to get irrigation water to HR Valley.
l.e. on 5th May 2014 @ 7:08pm
Has anyone heard of Bergertown?
From the Oct. 1915 Timberman:
"The Hood river forest Products Co., recently organized at Hood River, Ore., is building a circular mill at Bergertown, four miles above Belmont, Ore., on the line of the flume of the Stanley-Smith Co. A.A. Lausmann, formerly with the Stanley-Smith Lumber Co., Hood river, is president. F.E. Newby is secretary and treasurer of the new company. "
l.e. on 5th May 2014 @ 7:21pm
Boy....you weren't joking Arthur:
From January 13, 1918 Sunday Oregonian:
Hood River Lumberman Finds Disadvantage in Warm Winter.
Hood River, Or., Jan 12---(Special)----A.A. Lausmann, a local lumberman, is suffering from a severe attack of poison oak rash, with which he became infected in a most unique manner.
Mr Lausmann is residing near the mill operated by himself and his brother J.H. Lausmann, near the Mitchells Point tunnel on the Columbia River Highway. The recent warm weather caused the sap to rise in the poison oak bushes that grow luxuriantly in the vicinity. Long, new, juicy shoots have sprung from every shrub. Recent warm rains, splattering down on the fresh shoots have carried the poison virus into a spring furnishing bath water to the Lausmann cottage.
After a warm bath one night Mr. Lausmann's body was covered with the stinging blisters of the poison. For several days the swelling made him totally blind and the itching was almost unbearable. The water system has been abandoned.
l.e. on 5th May 2014 @ 9:35pm
Kenn - does ur last name starts w an "L". ? 10 on top 11 below
Steve r on 5th May 2014 @ 10:11pm
My count is 21.
Lausmann now has a state park named after him, and it includes some very old trails that are choked with poison oak. I've never heard of it growing in January, though. Poor man.
Arthur on 6th May 2014 @ 8:49am
From Oregon Live:
In the first decade of the 1900s, Oregon's population grew by nearly two-thirds as the state's economy took off once again. Wheat was the major crop, while timber barons like Simon Benson pioneered the technology used to wrest trees from remote hillsides.
It was a muscular world that produced awe-inspiring sights. In Hood River, for example, the Stanley Smith Lumber Co. built the world's only level log flume, a humongous network of trip gates, holding ponds and sluice flumes that stretched for six miles.
l.e. on 6th May 2014 @ 10:50am
Steve, you have the right name, Kenn L. I have spent years prowling the gorge and Mt Hood with your dad, a top trail tender, hike leader and Mazama.
Kenn on 6th May 2014 @ 5:15pm