You can tell summer is wearing on as I can't pass up a good Koberg image. This view of Koberg beach is pre-pavilion, though it looks like a fine sandy beach for swimming. But since I know one of you will ask me "what does that sign (between the two rightmost people) say" I zoomed in to study it carefully. It says "D A N G E R" in large block letters. Before the construction of swimming cribs and adding of ropes and lifeguards, I suspect the currents and deep cold water made this a dangerous spot.
I was also scratching my head about what looks like a power pole structure above the rocks. It turns out it is two snags connected by a scratch on the print. There are no power lines in this view.
Here's a relevant article from the August 17, 1922 Hood River Glacier:
Koberg Adds Beach ImprovementsJohn Koberg, who recently opened a public swimming place on a sand beach of his Twentieth Century Truck Farm, during the past week has added a shower bath and shute. The beach has become one of the popular resorts of the valley. It is crowded on weekends, especially by children, Mr. Koberg having provided a roped-in safe area for the youngsters. Families are utilizing the wooded area in the vicinity of the beach for long outings. C. B. Graves and family are camping there this week.
Well I disagree about the power pole. That is definitely the same power pole that is in another picture of the pavilion and you can even see the guy-wire. Great photo's, thank you for all your hard work on this project.
OrMtnMaid on 19th August 2014 @ 7:25am
yeah, I'd have to ask our esteemed mayor to have another cup of coffee, and take a closer look. that sure looks like a familiar power pole...
spinsur on 19th August 2014 @ 7:49am
Boy, the previous photo of the wooden pavilion with an additional crossbeam on the poles/snags sure makes it look like power poles. Would there have been an identical scratch on that photo. But hard to argue against Arthur's high resolution thing when he can read what is on that sign. I don't know.
Buzz on 19th August 2014 @ 7:51am
OK, I'll withdraw my comments about those not being utility poles. It's a particularly dirty corner of the print, with a big fingerprint, tape, and scratches, but the guy-wire is out of focus, a good sign it is not a scratch. I wonder if these were electric lines, or telephone/telegraph lines traversing the gorge?
Arthur on 19th August 2014 @ 8:00am
I think Arthur must be pulling our leg.
Those poles are a familiar site for Koberg Beach.
l.e. on 19th August 2014 @ 8:09am
Ooops, sorry Arthur. While I was dawdling around looking at a variety of photos of the Koberg Beach power poles you withdrew your comment.
I'm so glad. I was about ready to tell you, you needed to take a break from scanning old newspapers and give your eyes a rest.
l.e. on 19th August 2014 @ 8:30am
Comparing those two photos, it is noticeable that Koberg's didn't have much land to work with to build the pavilion.
I wonder if shute means a water slide.
l.e. on 19th August 2014 @ 9:32am
Thanks Arthur for this tour over the years as Koberg starts from an informal swimming area to a full on pavilion, free swim lessons, cross channel swimmers,picnicers, buses for the kids, and the center of much pleasurable life for all the valley's hard working people.
nels on 19th August 2014 @ 10:38am
Is there a man standing up on the rocks just left of the power poles?
l.e. on 19th August 2014 @ 4:56pm
That looks like a cave of some sort over there at the base of the rock. I bet if that was a cave there would have been Indian in the early days that might have camped in there.........ideal place, except in high water.
Charlott on 20th August 2014 @ 7:08am