Historic Hood River
“Apples Loaded in the Car”
This page from the A. I. Mason family album captures the secret to the early prosperity of Hood River. These boxes are labeled “Fancy Hood River Newton Pippen Apples/ Hood River Apple Growers Union/ Hood River Oregon”. With the construction of large cold storage facilities like the Union Building by the railroad tracks, Hood River apples could be packed in insulated rail cars for shipment to market in Chicago or New York. Hood River orchardists cultivated a brand identity for Hood River Apples. Midwestern farmers were recruited to increase the acreage of orchards in the valley growing the production levels to what we see today.