Historic Hood River
It’s been a long, cold night. Hopefully you’ve already arrived at your holiday destination and are in front of a warm fire today. Happy Holidays from HHR and the History Museum of Hood River County!
From the Alta Walter album, circa 1920.
Looks like a outhouse??
Believe me, I often count my blessings that I don't have to use an outhouse or melt snow water so I can wash my hands.
Happy Holidays everyone, stay safe and warm.
Thatâ€™s when you tie a rope from your house to the outhouse so you can find your way back!
Arlen L Sheldrake
so much for the good old days…..MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.
My Grandpa lived in the Elkhorn Mountains outside of Baker OR. He dealt with this situation every winter.
I know it's not a traditionally festive holiday image, but as I was watching the storm raging last night it seemed appropriate. Stay warm, and as LE said, count your blessings!
The Sanborn maps show the location of the outhouse for our Portland house. Can't imagine having to go out there during the east winds. Unfortunately a walnut tree resides there now so no archeological digs in my future.
Will, I grew up on a farm at the west end of the Gorge. The outhouse still existed when I was a kid. Indoor plumbing was added to the house just before I was born, but I remember sometimes using the two holer in the summer just for the heck of it. What I can't figure out, is the door faced east. It was a pretty good walk from the house. Not only that, they would have used scratchy Sears catalog pages for paper.
I have also been in Canada, using an outhouse at 30 degrees below zero.
Believe me, I count my blessings for indoor plumbing.
L.E. my grandparent's farm in Maryland had an outhouse on a lower field. I am familiar with the soft touch of a page of the Sears catalogue. Better than a corn cob I imagine (which they also used).