Historic Hood River
This image is from one of my favorite stereocards in our collection. Frank Patterson took it roughly 110 years old (based on the “modern” depot which was built in 1911) yet almost everything has changed. When this image was captured long distance travel was by rail in steam powered trains, most local travel was horse-drawn, wheels had wood spokes, and long distance communication was by telegraph. You can see all of that in a single frame. Yet just a few years later all of that had changed. Most of the people in this frame lived to see horses and stables disappear from our cities, airplanes and automobiles across the landscape, and telephones in every house.