I wish we knew more about this image, but then it wouldn't be much of a mystery. I believe we're looking at Cascade Locks, and the stone blocks suggests to me this is part of the construction of the locks themselves. Any thoughts?
Category: [Cascade Locks]
My first thought...It's flooding!
L.E. on 27th April 2015 @ 7:25am
It looks like they are placing cut trees along the shore line to help control erosion of the bank??
Dale Nicol on 27th April 2015 @ 8:30am
The height of the building has me confused. Way more than what I would think a steam loco or locks construction would need. Could it be for ship building?
Arlen Sheldrake on 27th April 2015 @ 9:49am
I agree Arlen, that building is a mystery. At first I thought maybe they had raised it up. But why?
I assume this is the 1894 flood.
L.E. on 27th April 2015 @ 12:04pm
I don't think this photo has much to do with the construction of the locks. The locks were cut through dry ground. At the upper end of the locks the background would have been the wide river looking over the Cascade Rapids and the bottom end would have been the fast water below the rapids.
Maybe the building was built high like that so the spring freshets could pass under it.
Longshot on 27th April 2015 @ 1:22pm
I have to share this with you. I had no idea the portage rail cars at the Cascades were this nice looking in 1867.
This isn't the same building, and it's the Washington side, but there are tracks and a railroad car!
Go to page 10 of the link.
L.E. on 27th April 2015 @ 3:58pm
For building fish wheels?
Craig McCurdy on 27th April 2015 @ 10:20pm
The building has heavy well supported beams running along either side, right at the height of the tops of the two ladders. It looks like it may have been designed to have a large carriage structure run along the beams???
Longshot on 28th April 2015 @ 3:58am
My first thought was it could be used to haul good sized boats out of the water for repairs.
Buzz on 28th April 2015 @ 6:26am
A squared off stone or two- to the right of the ladder near the center of the pic. One might guess that the rails were used to move the stones.
Is that a dislocated small flat rail bed car at the water line to the right- in the center of the pic ? Perhaps pulled by a horse to move the rocks for scuplting?
Steve r on 28th April 2015 @ 7:05am
This photo shows a somewhat similar shaped building
And this photo, taken a year after the 1894 flood, shows a cable with a stone cutter? with several tracks in view.
Notice also, the bank across the river that was washed out in the 1894 flood taking one of the military blockhouses with it.
L.E. on 28th April 2015 @ 8:23am