This is a nice companion to yesterday's picture of the old bridge across the Hood River. This is just a very few years later, showing the beautiful Columbia River Highway bridge that replaced the old bridge.
This Reeves photo even includes a steam locomotive for Arlen.
Notice that the house just above the left approach to the bridge is still there. Also the big two story one just above it, is the house that sits across from the service station where Oak joins State on that corner.
Must be late summer or early fall, as the river is pretty low. Yes, train and station for Arlen.
charlott on 31st July 2014 @ 7:07am
Beautiful bridge, too bad it isn't there anymore. I suspect had it been saved, it would have become part of a waterfront loop trail.
longshot on 31st July 2014 @ 9:20am
Our current bridge is certainly devoid of any ornament or character. I'm glad to see ODOT is at least adding a little ornamentation to their newest bridges (like the one at exit 64, or the Sandy River). Also, the new McCord Creek bridge on the HCRH State Trail is very nicely done.
Arthur on 31st July 2014 @ 10:15am
This is also a good view of the canneries which became Springhouse Cellars and "the Ruins".
Arthur on 31st July 2014 @ 10:23am
This photo gives a good view of the vegetation on Underwood Mt and the north wall of the gorge. Conifers seem pretty sparse.
longshot on 31st July 2014 @ 10:45am
Hooray for Arlen!!
There is even a great view of the train stations.
I am surprised at the number of fields that have already been cleared on Underwood Mtn.
Do you know if the Columbia River Highway was on State Street or did it follow Oak and make the turn onto State like it does now?
l.e. on 31st July 2014 @ 9:00pm
Quite certain the highway was on Oak St. I'm still a little surprised when I see the western end of what I think of as Oak now called Cascade. Was it Cascade in the 50's?
cg on 31st July 2014 @ 10:48pm
I would like to see a detailed map of the early Columbia River Hwy through what is now western Hood River. I have presumed it must have been a winding country road out past what is now 13th street.
longshot on 1st August 2014 @ 6:43am
Hwy 30 came right down Oak St. then across the Hood River bridge past Button Hill, then up the loops to the Mosier tunnel. Cascade Street was there in the 50's. 13th Street came down the hill and joined Hwy 30, wasn't actually any part of the Columbia River Highway.
Charlott on 1st August 2014 @ 7:08am
GREAT photo. I sure admire the skills of this and other photographers to get shots like this. How many hours.....set up, then waiting for the perfect shot and hoping that you got it but didn't know until hours later in the dark room. He got that OR&N train in a perfect spot.....not easy even with todays technology. NICE way to return from a too short trip to Mount Rainier and Paradise Lodge. Thanks Arthur.
Arlen Sheldrake on 1st August 2014 @ 8:18am
I've been across that bridge hundreds of times going to the Y-Inn as it was called back then or the the garage dump.
Don Mays on 11th July 2017 @ 6:00pm
An article describing the 15 layers of insulation in the storage building just west of the bridge can be found here:
I helped my uncle remove some of the wood from the building when it was torn down.
Jeffrey Bryant on 29th September 2017 @ 9:19pm